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Dave Barry Does Japan Paperback – September 14, 1993
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Best parts of "Dave Barry Does Japan": Dave trying, and failing, to learn Japanese on the plane...Dave and his family getting completely lost in Tokyo...Dave trying to blend in at a traditional Japanese resort. I also really enjoyed the chapter about Hiroshima, even though it wasn't funny. This guy can write serious stuff too, it appears--not only that, but he can write it well.
Dave manages to make a journey into an extremely foreign culture incredibly funny without being racist or offensive in any way. And believe it or not, I actually learned a lot about Japan by reading this book. Of course, you have to take everything said in any Dave Barry book with a grain of salt, but one of my favorite things about his writing is his ability to point out the absurdities of everyday life, which I would imagine become even more apparent when one is watching them from an entirely different cultural perspective. Plus, you gotta love the booger jokes.
I started off enjoying this book a great deal. And I finished the book enjoying it a great deal. And I highly suggest it for anyone living in Japan or anyone who's remotely interested in travel. Its hilarious. The best moment for me was Chapter 2. I shared this chapter with the English Club I teach once a week and it was refreshing to find that the Japanese are also befuddled by the "Elevator Ladies."
3 Weeks in a place where you've suddenly stepped off of the plane and become illiterate can be extremely alienating, and Dave Barry has done the best to exemplify that alienation. I have read enough complaints from people living in Japan; Barry was refreshingly funny. Definitely a good read if you want to wallow in a spirit of I-Hate-Japan.
I was nearly in tears while reading about becoming accustomed to bowing. And his assesment of Japanese driving is right on the money.
In a country where you shouldn't stick out, I got quite the number of stares from my coworkers as I laughed out loud.
Then there's the Hiroshima chapter, which is definitely a step into a different book. I paid particular attention to it as I am taking a trip to Hiroshima this weekend. I agree with his assessment of August 5 becoming like Memorial Day, though other reviewers have made comments about his rant about "WHY" so I will leave that alone. It definitely ruined what was shaping up to be a five-star review.Read more ›
In this book, he comments on such things as Kabuki, sumo wrestling, singing in a karaoke bar, cosmetic products made of nightingale excrement, and staying in a traditional Japanese inn (which in turn leads to a little discussion about cicadas; you'll just have to read it). I won't give away much of anything because you just HAVE to read it. A mere review cannot do this book nearly enough justice.
In conclusion, one of my very favorite parts of the book is--and don't ask me why--the part where he talks about attempting to order ketchup at a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant. For some reason it made me laugh really hard.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Dave Barry does Japan is indeed a very suitable title for this book. I laughed so many times so hard and don't want this book to end. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kristi Mart
I love all the Dave Barry books, but this book is his best. I give it to all of my friends who will be traveling to Japan, and to anyone who just enjoys a hilarious book. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Elizabeth Vonasek
My kids ages 14 and 17 are very much into Anime and all things Japanese right now. We still have stories together at night as a family time. Read morePublished 7 months ago by mom of two
Typical Barry stuff, but I read too fast I guess ... finished it in one session.Published 9 months ago by David Bloss
This is a great book for anyone who has spent a week or more in Japan (a layover at Narita for a few hours doesn't count). Read morePublished 10 months ago by Patrick Yamada
One of the funniest things I've ever read, especially if you are visiting (or have just visited) Japan. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Homey
Super funny. I recently rediscovered Dave Barry after not reading anything of his for years and years. Dang he's funny. Good, light bedtime reading. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Tristan Heberlein