Wrong About Japan : A Father's Journey with His Son

Wrong About Japan : A Father's Journey with His Son


When famously shy Charley becomes obsessed with Japanese manga and anime, Peter Carey is not only delighted for his son but also entranced himself. Thus begins a journey, with a father sharing his twelve-year-old's exotic comic books, that ultimately leads them to Tokyo, where a strange Japanese boy will become both their guide and judge. Quickly the visitors plunge deep into the lanes of Shitimachi - into the "weird stuff" of modern Japan - meeting manga artists and anime directors; painstaking impersonators called "visualists," who adopt a remarkable variety of personae; and solitary otakus, whose existence is thoroughly computerized. What emerges from these encounters is a far-ranging study of history and of culture both high and low - from samurai to salaryman, from Kabuki theater to the postwar robot craze. Peter Carey's observations are always provocative, even when his hosts point out, politely, that he is once again wrong about Japan. And his adventures with Charley are at once comic, surprising, and deeply moving, as father and son cope with and learn from each other in a strange place far from home.
This is, in the end, a portrait of a culture - whether Japan or adolescence - that looks eerily familiar but remains tantalizingly closed to outsiders.
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Book details

  • Hardcover
  • 158 pages
  • English
  • 1400043115
  • 9781400043118

About Peter Carey

peter carey was born in australia in 1943.he was educated at the local state school until the age of eleven and then became a boarder at geelong grammar sc Read More about Peter Carey
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