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The Real Japan Peter Carey

The Real Japan

Peter Carey

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ISBN : 9780792246213
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192 pages
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Two-time Booker Prize winner Peter Carey and his 11-year-old son forgo temples and shrines to investigate the world of pop culture in this hilarious and perceptive look at modern Japan. There is the Japan that typical tourists enjoy--rustic housesMoreTwo-time Booker Prize winner Peter Carey and his 11-year-old son forgo temples and shrines to investigate the world of pop culture in this hilarious and perceptive look at modern Japan. There is the Japan that typical tourists enjoy--rustic houses fit for kings, Kurosawa, tea ceremony, Buddhist relics. And then there is the Japan that draws Peter Carey and his favorite traveling companion, his son Charley. This Japan produces perfectly pomaded Elvises- fantastic electronic space adventures- and the best-selling video game Metal Gear Solid 2. It is the Japan of the distinctive Anime animation style on TV- the Japan where 13-year-olds engage humanoid robots in imaginary combat. Though in The Real Japan Carey takes his son to see the temples, he knows full well that Charleys interest lies in the science-fiction facade of the Japanese present. Eventually Carey realizes that the Japan of cool stuff is the real Japan. It is the electronic markets, not the famous fish markets, that are central to contemporary culture. And that the hugely popular animation and sci-fi art get to the heart of one of Japans most interesting contemporary issues--the conflict between the individual and the community. Brilliantly crafted and enormously entertaining, The Real Japan is a highly unusual and insightful journey into this dynamic country.