Wrong about Japan

a book review

titleWrong about Japan
authorPeter Carey
date reviewed2006.08.13
genreAutobiography
isbn9781400078363

This is a ramble about a father-son trip to Japan that seems to have been inspired by the idea that there's some kind of anime/manga culture that Anglophone visitors to the country can glom onto. I've seen this happen with bloggers and young backpackers who hang around in Akihabara and now there's this book.

I give the author credit for titling the book honestly, he does come across as documenting how the loosely conceived concept behind the trip was a bust.

Honestly, I think that an editor or perhaps a publisher should have intervened before this book made it to print. Tellingly, I found this book in a discount book store for foreigners in Shibuya that didn't last very long.

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