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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!'"
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.
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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 1 month 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 1 month ago by mom of two
Typical Barry stuff, but I read too fast I guess ... finished it in one session.Published 4 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 5 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 6 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 7 months ago by Tristan Heberlein
If you've never read Dave Barry, you've missed some real laughs. His humor continues to catch me off guard and laugh out loud.Published 7 months ago by Kelly Carter