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Is this comedic tour of Japan discreet, tasteful, or politically correct? The answer, thank god, is Naaah! Yet Dave Barry's travelogue never grows mean-spirited, and he's always ready to laugh at his own country--and by extension, himself. An example: "I understand that, even if two Japanese have worked together for many years, neither would dream of using the other's first name. Whereas Americans are on a first-name basis immediately, and by the end of the first day have generally graduated to 'Yo, Butthead!'" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
A first-class all-expenses-paid three-week vacation in Japan, underwritten by his publisher, provides Miami Herald columnist and humorist Barry with material for some tired gags about language problems, kowtowing, eating and other quick-take visitor befuddlements in the land of the rising sun. Dutifully covering the standard tourist attractions, including Hiroshima, Mount Fiji and the pearl factories, he presents himself as a sort of Everyman-in-Japan-for-the-first-time, fueling his jokes with his ignorance of the language, history and culture. Although much of the humor is strained or tasteless, on occasion readers can laugh without embarrassment. Nevertheless this made-to-order book will likely find a made-to-order audience among fans of such previous titles as Dave Barry Slept Here.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
THis is super funny, I read it in 2 sittings.
I lived in Japan for about 2 years when I was teaching English and I can tell you that this is a funny, accuarate description... Read more
The publisher's blurb claims that this "funny" book is not mean spirited, yet its author's attempt at humour is at the expense of sacred, centuries-old Japanese tradition... Read morePublished on May 13 2004 by D. N Rioux
This is the funniest book ever. A true pick-me-up and a fun family favorite. I love Dave Barry's views and respect for the Japanese culture.Published on April 20 2004 by Heidi
Dave Barry spent 3 weeks in Japan. The end result is this book. I did like it very much though. The experiences he writes about are indicative of what those who live here have to... Read morePublished on March 20 2004 by Jim Richards
I came across this book while in Japan ten years ago. I started laughing out loud in the bookstore, continued laughing, while reading on the train ride back, and continue laughing... Read morePublished on Jan. 13 2004 by Inci Kaya
I purchased this book on impulse and it was enough to get me hooked to this guy. The book was written a little while ago, it still holds true. Read morePublished on Jan. 24 2003 by Jai, The Seeker
I am a huge Dave Barry fan, but I agree with a few of the others here-- his sharp wit is definitely missing from this one. It just didn't make me laugh. Read morePublished on Jan. 18 2003 by Jonathan R. Wing
This book was a gas. My favorite part was the part that compared the American to Japanese auto industry. Anyone who finds this book 'ethnocentric' or offensive is just sad. Read morePublished on April 6 2002 by John Doe
...P>Don't get me wrong - I'm big fan of Mr. Barry's: I think I've managed to read most of his published works and generally found myself laughing through most of them. Read morePublished on March 26 2002 by Robert H Hori