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Japan (Lonely Planet Travel Series) based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
While Lonely Planet produces many fine travel books, this one is disturbing and rather invidious. I get the distinct impression that the authors do not like or respect Japanese culture and some of the statements made are frankly, quite racist. For example- 'Foreign travellers should be warned that medical services in Japan may not be on par with those of other developed nations.' 'Condoms are widely available in Japan, but generally only locally produced varieties, which tend to be on the small side.' 'Ainu traditions are re-enacted by sometimes listless performers and these tourist circuses can be pretty depressing- they are often combined with caged bears in a debased imitation of the Ainu's sacred Iyomante (Bear Festival).' While a few subtle implications are excusable, the entire book is rife with them. Despite these flaws, the book does give a good overview of places to stay and visit.