Dave Barry Does Japan

Dave Barry Does Japan

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"One of the funniest peole ever to tap tap on a PC."
PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER
Not since George Bush's memorable dinner with the Japanese prime minister has the Land of the Rising Sun seen the likes of a goodwill ambassador like Dave Barry. Join him as he belts out oldies in a karaoke bar, marries a geriatric geisha girl, takes his first bath in public, bows to just

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"One of the funniest peole ever to tap tap on a PC."
PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER
Not since George Bush's memorable dinner with the Japanese prime minister has the Land of the Rising Sun seen the likes of a goodwill ambassador like Dave Barry. Join him as he belts out oldies in a karaoke bar, marries a geriatric geisha girl, takes his first bath in public, bows to just about everyone, and explores culture shock in all its numerous humorous forms, including: Failing to Learn Japanese in Only Five Minutes (Or: "Very Much Good Morning, Sir!") ; Humor in Japan (Take My Tofu, Please!); Sports in Japan ("Yo, Batter! Loudly Make it Fly!"), and more.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A first-class all-expenses-paid three-week vacation in Japan, underwritten by his publisher, provides Miami Herald columnist and humorist Barry with material for some tired gags about language problems, kowtowing, eating and other quick-take visitor befuddlements in the land of the rising sun. Dutifully covering the standard tourist attractions, including Hiroshima, Mount Fiji and the pearl factories, he presents himself as a sort of Everyman-in-Japan-for-the-first-time, fueling his jokes with his ignorance of the language, history and culture. Although much of the humor is strained or tasteless, on occasion readers can laugh without embarrassment. Nevertheless this made-to-order book will likely find a made-to-order audience among fans of such previous titles as Dave Barry Slept Here. (Oct.)
Denise Perry Donavin
Barry the xenophobe delineates the lasting impression his recent visit to Japan has had upon himself, his family, and the country (none will ever be the same). Barry's Japanese press liaison attempted to introduce him to high-ranking Japanese political and business officials, while Barry repeatedly sought to clarify just what kind of journalist he is (by translating terms, such as "booger", that often appear in his weekly column carried by Sunday magazines throughout the U.S.). There are a few sensitive moments in this comical tour, but Barry does not stray long from his typical, sarcastic self, so fans should be delighted.
Robert J. Collins
The majority of "Dave Barry Does Japan" is on target...."My most important finding," he tells us, "does not involve the difference between us and Japan; it involves the similarities. Because despite the gulf, physical and cultural, between the United States and Japan, both societies are, in the end, made up of people, and people everywhere -- when you strip away their superficial differences -- are crazy." -- New York Times
Kirkus Reviews
Barry (Dave Barry's Only Travel Guide You'll Ever Need, 1991, etc.), syndicated humorist and author of a lot of funny books (most with his name in the title—as if there's a lot of shoddy imitation), does it again. This time he does it to the Land of the Rising Sun. The current offering beats making the trip. As Barry notes, "flying from the United States to Japan takes approximately as long as law school." And the book is cheaper. This volume is full of insight into ethnic differences (it would be simpler, for example, "to get the entire population of Tokyo to wear matching outfits than to get any two randomly selected Americans to agree on pizza toppings") and technical similarities ("Japanese telephones work pretty much like ours, except that the person on the other end doesn't understand you"). The always cosmopolitan author, with spouse and ten-year-old son, goes to a mannerly baseball game, sits through a bit of Kabuki, attends a puzzling comedy club, gapes at sumo wrestlers, nearly views Mt. Fuji, worries about the eel shortage, sings karaoke with the worst of them, experiences almost terminal tranquility at a traditional inn, and takes a traditional bath with his traditional yakuta tied wrong. Don't confuse the first-class clowning with contemporary Japan-bashing. Barry sees things quite clearly. And, inspired by a visit to Hiroshima, there's a new, thoughtful touch of maturity. Throughout, though, Barry seeks to avoid the very real dangers of mutual understanding between nations. He succeeds admirably, with his accustomed slapstick ease. A droll, light companion to all those heavy texts that offer dreary, detailed analyses of Nippon and its people; and if your yakuta istied wrong, the hell with it. (Line drawings by Barry throughout.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307758675
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/28/2010
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
568,346
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Dave Barry has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for commentary. His columns

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Miami, Florida
Date of Birth:
July 3, 1947
Place of Birth:
Armonk, New York
Education:
B.A. in English, Haverford College, 1969
Website:
http://www.davebarry.com

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Dave Barry Does Japan 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw this book on a bookstore's shelf when I visited Japan 5 years ago. At that time I actually looked for books which would enhance my knowledge of Japan, and I bought this book simply because it has the word 'Japan' on its cover. But what did I know...as soon as I open the book, I was drowned in my tears of laughters, and I ended up being the biggest fan of Mr. Barry's books just because this book. I proceeded to hunt every other book that Mr. Barry ever wrote, and I even buy some of his books through this very own internet bookstore. I would recommend this book to anyone who's looking for a light reading after a stressful day, because it sure can put a smile on your face.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
CAUTION! you will need Kleenex, and be close to the bathroom, as usual Dave Barry is hiliarious! Funny is not an adequate description of his humor. I laugh so hard, people around me begin to leave, or think I have lost my mind. He just has a way with words.Buy this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am French and this is the first and only book I have ever read of Dave Barry. I was in Japan for a year when an American friend introduced me to this book. Everything Dave tells in the book about Japan is so true, and the way he puts it is so funny that after redaing the book you will feel like you've been there yourself, and you will be floating in a river of tears from laughing so much! I love this book and read it several times already. I now want to buy more books via the net, but I don't really know which are the best!
RobertE More than 1 year ago
Dave Barry takes on Japan, and has a blast. Very funny book that prepared my wife and I for our recent trip. A fairly accurate assessment of what the typical tourist will encounter.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've lived in Japan and visited often. My friend was only there for a few days. We both roared and guffawed (Barry's work lacks the subtlety of a giggle). Barry weaves true facts and keen observations with only a little exaggeration to capture the experience of a foreigner in the mix of traditional and modern that characterizes Japan.
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Sorry babe but i would only do that to a beautiful girl like you
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Uh huh." She raced back inside.