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Speed Tribes: Days and Night's with Japan's Next Generation Paperback – Bargain Price, September 13, 1995
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Katharine L. Kan, Aiea P.L., Hawaii
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Top Customer Reviews
The Japanese music industry is one of the most secretive things around. The fact that he accessed this, leads me to believe that he didn't just make the rest of the stuff up. If he had just made up a bunch of crap about ZI:KILL their label would have sued him probably.
SECONDLY. Most of these reviews date from 2000 to the present. ZI:KILL's Budokan concert took place in late 1992, and as mentioned the book came out 1994. So all these stories date from 1993 and before. Unless you were involved in youth speed tribes 1990-1993 how on earth can you sit there in 2002, 2005, 2010 etc and accuse the man of being a liar? Ridiculous.
Early 90s Japan was faaaar different then this one. We had the lost decade in between then and now, remember?
This is the real Japan, albeit with focus on some of the juicier topics. From motorcycle gangs to porn stars, surfer dudes to the teenagers gropingly losing their virginity upstairs from the family sushi shop, this book takes you inside, to the realms not usually shown to outsiders.
Greenfeld has a great eye for detail and I found myself giving a wry smile at things like the ultra-nationalist youth who hates foreigners and foreign things but wears only expensive Italian designer suits.
The only minor flaw I could detect was a tinge of bitterness when Greenfeld describes the attitudes of young Japanese women, perhaps the result of an unhealed personal wound?
Well, don't want to spoil too much for you, so just let me say get it! This is a great book!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book! Lived in japan for 6.5 years and this book was brilliant!Published 11 months ago by corey mcfarren
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 on February 27, 2013 by César Chávez
I just finished Speed Tribes and really enjoyed its examination of some of the many subcultures in Japan. Read morePublished on January 5, 2013 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
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