Hokkaido Highway Blues: Hitchhiking Japan

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Canongate, 2003 - Hitchhiking - 344 pages
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It had never been done before. Not in 2,000 years of Japanese recorded history had anyone followed the Cherry Blossom Front from one end of the country to the other. Nor had anyone hitchhiked the length of Japan. But, heady on sakura and sake, Will Ferguson bet he could do both. The resulting travelogue is one of the funniest and most illuminating books ever written about Japan. And, as Ferguson learns, it illustrates that to travel is better than to arrive.

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Will Ferguson seems to be a very honest writer. - Goodreads
And the ending is perfect. - Goodreads
The insight garnered by Will was very entertaining. - Goodreads
Very funny, fluid writing. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Robert Dodds - Goodreads

A thoroughly enjoyable read, which prepared me for my upcoming first visit to Japan (not that I intend to hitch-hike). The author offers insights into Japanese characteristics through the often ... Read full review

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User Review  - Paul - Goodreads

Hitching Rides With Buddha, also is published as Hokkaido Highway Blues, but they are the same book.This was a fantastic look at Japan, away from the main cities, and provides real insight into the ... Read full review

About the author (2003)

Will Ferguson was born and raised in the former fur-trapping settlement of Fort Vermilion in the backwoods of northern Canada. Fortunately, he managed to escape, and he has since travelled throughout Latin America and East Asia. Indeed, he prides himself on having gotten utterly and hopelessly lost in more than a dozen exotic locales, including Ecuador, Peru, Indonesia, Malaysia, China, Korea, and Japan. 'How I ever became a travel writer is beyond me,' he confesses. 'I have absolutely no sense of direction.'Ferguson has a BFA in screenwriting from York University, Toronto. His first three books were plucked from the slush pile: he is the author of the satirical bestseller Why I Hate Canadians, which was all but banned from export (though it can be ordered online at chapters.ca, he advises), and his other works include a nuts-and-bolts traveller's bible, The Hitchhiker's Guide to Japan, as well as a humorous exposť about his experience in a misguided drunken government youth program, entitled I Was a Teenage Katima-victim! He has also written an insightful and highly scientific political analysis: Bastards & Boneheads (it was a study of our leaders).

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