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Well, don't want to spoil too much for you, so just let me say get it!
It's absolutely impossible that ALL of it is fiction, in fact, I only found out about this book because there's a chapter in it about my favorite band.
It is a very interesting and enlightening book and is formatted for quick reads.
This is not an academic work replete with quantifiable research. It is Gonzo journalism at it's best... fun to read and reveals interesting subcultures...Published 18 months ago by César Chávez
I just finished Speed Tribes and really enjoyed its examination of some of the many subcultures in Japan. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Ross Payton
I found this to be a very interesting book in that it sheds light on the naivete that one culture has about another. Read morePublished on March 15, 2012 by Murph
I would like to make it clear that this book came across as authentic, and in no way fabricated. Some people giving reviews here have second guessed the author, his manner of... Read morePublished on February 10, 2012 by Julian
It became obvious that the author loosely bases his tales on very little fact. This isn't to say that there aren't criminals and ne'er-do-wells in Japan (as in the rest of the... Read morePublished on November 23, 2011 by Franks here
Book is well written and interesting but the information is dated now that the Japanese economy has been stagnating for even longer than ours. Read morePublished on April 21, 2011 by R. McDowell
The books does offer some very good insights into Japanese culture, many between the lines.
I have met a few escort girls, they are very much like the woman in the book. Read more
I picked this up used, and read it very quickly - it reminded me of one of those so/so CDs from a usually great band: all the great stuff stacked at the beginning, with an... Read morePublished on September 15, 2006 by David Alston
Fascinating look at different groups of Japanese youth culture in the early to mid 90s. We peer into the lives of 12 people, including: a mid-level Yakuza debt collector; a porn... Read morePublished on September 15, 2006 by Jordan Itkowitz