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    DescriptionAt a point where it appeared that tensions between Japan and the United States could get no worse, Random House decided to dispatch Dave Barry to Tokyo. The resulting report is the most skillful diplomatic stroke since George Bush lost his cookies in the Japanese prime minister's lap. We thought that encouraging Dave to take his wife and son might be a civilizing influence on our roving correspondent - but when this book appears, we may have found the best use for a relocated Berlin Wall. Dave found qualities to like but little to love in the land of the Japanese Economic Miracle, plastic squid, and the elderly geisha. His take on Japanese baseball, a sport for which the yawn was a necessary invention, or on sumo wrestlers, each of whom seemed built like five Tommy Lasordas before SlimFast, hardly exhausts his commentary on their culture (or his lack of it). Barry's interpretation of kabuki theater and of Japanese rock music or humor are long overdue. He had to wait till the end of each performance. But never underestimate Barry, the keen-eyed reporter. Dave steals the secrets of the Japanese auto industry, here revealed for the first time - for example: they use steel! - and his unsought interview with the head of a powerful governmental organization propels him, despite Dave's disclaimer, headlong into the ranks of today's top investigative journalists (the kind who, as he might say, sometimes physically leave their offices). He admires Japanese manners and subtlety, similar in spirit to his own; remarks on their attitudes toward sex, as expressed in weird comic books; and singles out their attitude toward service, which contrasts neatly with American "sales" clerks who becomeoffended if you break their concentration - or into their conversation. All in all, for a thoughtful, balanced account of the life and culture of a nation that is enormously significant to Americans, you'll have to turn to another book. But to discover what happens when you turn Barry l


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    Title
    Dave Barry Does Japan
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Dave Barry
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 224
    Width: 137 mm
    Height: 211 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 249 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780449908105
    ISBN 10: 0449908100
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T13.0
    BIC subject category V2: WH
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T General Subject: 460
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 94
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25740
    BIC E4L: HUM
    Ingram Subject Code: HU
    Libri: I-HU
    B&T Approval Code: A26650000
    DC21: 818
    DC22: 818
    BISAC V2.8: LIT004020, HUM003000, HUM006000
    DC22: 818/.5402
    BISAC V2.8: HUM007000
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: PN6231.J3 B3 1993
    LC subject heading:
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Illustrations note
    illustrations
    Publisher
    Random House USA Inc
    Imprint name
    FAWCETT
    Publication date
    07 December 1994
    Publication City/Country
    New York
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    "One of the funniest peole ever to tap tap on a PC." PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER Not since George Bush's memorable dinner with the Japanese prime minister has the Land of the Rising Sun seen the likes of a goodwill ambassador like Dave Barry. Join him as he belts out oldies in a karaoke bar, marries a geriatric geisha girl, takes his first bath in public, bows to just about everyone, and explores culture shock in all its numerous humorous forms, including: Failing to Learn Japanese in Only Five Minutes (Or: "Very Much Good Morning, Sir!"); Humor in Japan (Take My Tofu, Please!); Sports in Japan ("Yo, Batter! Loudly Make it Fly!"), and more.