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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Canada (Aug. 8 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0676976999
  • ISBN-13: 978-0676976991
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 2.1 x 20 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #82,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Hitching Rides with Buddha:
“‘I laughed out loud,’ is what book lovers tell each other when they are lucky enough to stumble on an author with a gift for the absurd. Will Ferguson is just such an author. . . In his new book, Hitching Rides with Buddha, Ferguson continues to display a talent for wry self-deprecation and a giddy ability to see the ludicrous in, well, the ludicrous.”
Edmonton Journal

"Throughout his on-the-road adventures he dishes up huge but juicily presented quantities of Japanese religion, history and sociology. He’s also a wickedly witty travel guide, with a knack for dropping absurdist, out-of-left-field remarks that raise a smile or a belly laugh. . . . Hitching Rides with Buddha brims with acerbic humour, informed observations and lively stories. Ferguson is one fine Land of the Rising Star tour guide.”
Winnipeg Free Press

"The road book of the year. . . A warm-hearted account with a generous helping of satire."
The Daily Telegraph

"A mild stroke of genius. . . Savagely hilarious."
Sunday Herald

"You trust both his humour and his insights. . . . An admirable pair of eyes through which to see contemporary Japan."
The Observer

"I enjoyed Hitching Rides with Buddha immensely. Will Ferguson is a very gifted writer."
—Bill Bryson

Praise for Beauty Tips from Moose Jaw:
"Ferguson’s strength does not lie in whether he writes funny or not. His strength is that he writes so well."
Times Colonist (Victoria)

"Yet another masterfully entertaining examination of Canuckishness penned by the Calgary author. . . . Ferguson’s fascination with Canadiana is infectious."
Calgary Herald

"Full of surprises . . . and idiosyncratic charms. . . . Travel writers don’t always get to climb Everest or visit the Taj Mahal, and they can be judged best by what they come up with on a slow day. Ferguson is good when he’s sipping a handful of icy water out of Hudson Bay; he’s better eating pancakes in a Finnish restaurant in Thunder Bay."
National Post

"Lively storytelling . . . Artful descriptions of the Canadian landscape."
The Globe and Mail

"Will Ferguson is a talent. He writes refreshingly, provocatively and eloquently. . . . He looks for the essence and his search brings out some smashingly insightful stuff."
Ottawa Citizen


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About the Author

Will Ferguson is one of Canada’s bestselling authors and has been published in 26 languages and 33 countries around the world. His most recent bestseller, Beauty Tips from Moose Jaw, won the 2005 Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour, which he also won in 2002 for his debut novel, Happiness™. With his brother Ian, he wrote the wildly successful book How to Be a Canadian.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Glenn Simon Inc TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 11 2009
Format: Paperback
I've lived in Japan for 10 years now and I've read a lot of books written by ex-pats about Japan. Some are romantic, others cynical, there are even some angry ones out there but none are as bang on as this because all those emotions are here and as a bonus the book's funny as hell.

In fact I will go so far as to say it's the only one you need to read.

A few weeks in Japan won't give you the true feel of the country, I'm not sure even a few decades will but the Japan captured in this book has all the idiosyncrasies, wonders and downright craziness you will find in this fantastic country. It's like Japan reduced to the truest- forget your Lonely Planet this is way more useful.

Will's trip to follow the cherry blossoms is so wonderful I'm betting a lot of long time residents are slapping their foreheads and saying, "Why didn't I think of that!"

The beauty of Japan during the cherry blossoms is unsurpassed and the revelry is unending. The whole country shakes off it's winter blanket grabs a bottle of sake and comes out to party. If you can't go you'll certainly live it vicariously through this book.

I loved this book and am going to order all his books spaced out slowly so I can enjoy them over the rest of my life.

If you love Bill Bryson then you will love Will Ferguson.

My humble gaijin opinion.
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By Bootsy Bass TOP 500 REVIEWER on Sept. 29 2013
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Everything you didn't know about Japan and the Japanese people. Done in Mr Fergusons great style this book will make you laugh, and you might just learn something too.
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By arisonsensei on June 8 2013
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If you have lived or visited Japan, this book is for you. I learned about japanese culture that I didn't know, even after three years of living there. The book was full of interesting cultural tidbits and lots of funny stories that anyone who has ever had the pleasure of being the local gaijin can totally understand. Read it. :-)
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By Tony Maxwell TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 29 2013
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Hitching Rides With Buddha is an insightful, and at times hilarious account of Will Ferguson's journey hitchhiking the length of Japan.
While in Japan teaching English to students, he decides to follow the cherry blossoms as they come into bloom from Cape Sato on the southern island of Kyushu to Cape Soya on the northernmost island of Hokkaido. His travels, punctuated with boozy encounters with "salarymen" out for a good time, throws some light on the differences between Japan and the rest of the world.
If you enjoy Bill Bryson, you will love Will Ferguson.

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