A Tokyo Romance (Paperback)Ian Buruma (author)
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When Ian Buruma arrived in Tokyo as a young film student in 1975, he found a feverish and surreal metropolis in the midst of an economic boom, where everything seemed new and history only remained in fragments.
Through his adventures in the world of avant-garde theatre, his encounters with carnival acts, fashion photographers and moments on-set with Akira Kurosawa, Buruma came of age. For an outsider, unattached to the cultural burdens placed on the Japanese, this was a place to be truly free.
A Tokyo Romance is a portrait of a young artist and the fantastical city that shaped him, and a timeless story about the desire to transgress boundaries: cultural, artistic and sexual.
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Number of pages: 256
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm
Buruma is a keen observer and the owner of a well-provisioned mind. There are smart little junkets in this book into everything from Japanese movies (Buruma became a film critic for The Japan Times) to the country's tattooing culture to its female elevator operators, about whom he made a documentary film. His prose is unflaggingly good. * New York Times *
Gracefully written and engaging * Sunday Times *
There are only a few scholars, journalists, critics and commentators writing about Japan in English worth reading, and Buruma is one. * Literary Review *
A vivid account of what it is like to create your truest self by moving away from all that is familiar to embrace a foreign culture and country. * Financial Times *
Oh my eyes... the whole thing sparks astonishingly to life. We'll come back to the details, lurid or otherwise, but for now all you need to know is that Buruma's high-level immersion in the country's culture begins with him tottering around on takageta, a high-heeled version of the traditional Japanese wooden sandals, and ends with him playing a character called the Midnight Cowboy in a play by the underground director and actor Kara Juro. -- Rachel Cooke * Guardian *
Buruma paints a vivid portrait of his often mind-boggling encounters with the motley collection of artists, expats and eccentrics he befriended over his six years in Tokyo. And his honesty is disarming. * AP *
Buruma makes the archetypal quest for home in a foreign land both uniquely personal and deeply illuminating. * Publisher's Weekly (starred review) *
Illuminating... With the insight and curiosity of someone on the outside looking in, Buruma describes a transformational moment in the making of modern Japanese culture. * Booklist *
Delicious... A wild ride through the late-20th-century Japanese avant-garde scene through the eyes of an innocent from across the sea. * Kirkus Reviews (starred review) *
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