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This book is an entertaining read because of the author's amusing anecdotes lining almost every page. But I wouldn't want to read this book if I were someone considering a first-time trip to Japan, let alone moving to the country, as I might be discouraged from doing so altogether. Although the author provides a lot of useful and practical information, he seems hell-bent on illustrating that Japan is an utterly backwards country, and that a visitor from a "more sensible" Western nation will be barraged with all sorts of dangers, traps, pitfalls, and absurdities from the moment he/she sets foot in Japan. It is clear that a lot of his discussions reflect his own personal opinions and individual experiences, which he generalizes to the whole country by repeatedly saying things like, "that in a nutshell, is Japan" or " well, that's just Japan" when writing about issues that he found frustrating or complicated. The author does provides plenty of helpful warnings about potential difficulties a foreign visitor may encounter; however, he clearly sacrifices presenting an unbiased viewpoint for the sake of wittiness and humor, and many of his remarks reek of plain arrogance and insensitivity.
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While not perfect, this book is by far the most compelling literature on how life in Japan, notably for foreigners who will have prolonged stay. Read full review
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