Dave Barry Does Japan

Dave Barry Does Japan

by Dave Barry
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Dave Barry Does Japan 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 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'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.
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.
WorldReader1111 6 months ago
This was, for me, a great read. The book is, first, very well-written, being both easy to read and just plain funny. In fact, 'Japan' is the funniest book I've read in some time, with a uniquely playful brand of humor; the author manages to be juvenile and irreverent but in an endearing way (usually, anyhow; at times, he does take the comedic low road by stooping to cheap shots at cultural differences and the like). As pure comedy, the book is a success, in my opinion; I laughed out loud, deeply and repeatedly, to a degree rarely experienced. Just in this regard, I found 'Japan' to be quit worthwhile. However, there's more to the book, since it's just as much a travelogue as it is a lark. For all the slapstick tone, there remains an essential traveler's tale in between the humor, and it's no less substantial and adventurous for its placement. Likewise, the author's trip presents a good old-fashioned culture-clash, and thus poses a classical study in Western and Occidental contrasts, this also no less meaningful for its origins. I found here just as rich a trove of psychological and sociological observations as any "proper" travel book (and in a delightfully entertaining format). Also nestled in the text are the author's experiences involving the human challenges posed by his journey, as to be a story of one man's growth and development in the face of a starkly unfamiliar environment. Really, there's a lot to this book, despite its one-dimensional appearance; I learned quite a bit from it, and felt enriched afterward, both intellectually and in my funny bone. My sincere thanks goes out to this book's author, subjects, and publisher. I am grateful for, and have benefited from, your work and service. * * * Some notable quotes from this book (for their humor, with one exception): "I have read that, on the average, the Japanese are getting taller, but at the moment they seem to be about the same size as American junior-high-school students, only with fewer guns." -- p.40-41 "I was alone in [the waiting room] for fifteen minutes, which is a long time when you are a journalistic fraud waiting to interview the head of the most powerful economic organization in Japan." -- p.101 "The Japanese translation of the phrase 'Zippety Dooh-Dah' turns out to be 'Zippety Dooh-Dah.' This remains the only Japanese phrase that I can pronounce confidently." -- p.106 "If the Japanese don't like it, they can sue us. They might have robots, but we have way more lawyers." -- p.111 "'In Japan,' she said, 'if you look Western, it's OK for you to be different. People expect it, people will help you. But if you look Japanese, and you don't act Japanese, people can be really cold.'" -- p.129 "Such a display of individualism would be highly embarrassing in Japan, in stark contrast to America, where a person who can yell clever insults at sporting events may well get movie offers." -- p.146 "In one Tokyo temple, I bought a charm for Traffic Safety; I figured this would be useful in Miami, where there are drivers who will attempt to pass you inside a car wash." -- p.163
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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.