• 'Illuminating'

  • 'A memorable, oddly beautiful book'

    Wall Street Journal
  • 'A marvellous glimpse of the Japan that rarely peeks through the country's public image'

    Washington Post
  • Fluent in the language, well-informed and disabused, [Booth] is in the fine tradition of hard-to-please travellers like Norman Douglas, Evelyn Waugh, and V.S. Naipaul. A sharp eye and a good memory for detail...give an astonishing immediacy to his account.

    The Times Literary Supplement
  • [Booth] achieved an extraordinary understanding of life as it is lived by ordinary Japanese....Frequently brilliant in his insights

    The New York Times
  • 'One of the classic Japan travel books of the modern age ... a vivid but witty portrayal of rural Japan in the seventies, and the quirky characters who populated it'

    Japan Times

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