Hokkaido Highway Blues: Hitchhiking Japan (Paperback)Will Ferguson (author)
Will Ferguson’s singular odyssey to chase cherry blossom from one end of Japan to the other is a charming and revealing travelogue, rich in humour and unexpected insight. Hitchhiking his way across the Land of the Rising Sun by any means necessary, our tireless narrator encounters fascinating figures normally pushed to the margins of society.
It had never been done before. Not in 4000 years of Japanese recorded history had anyone followed the Cherry Blossom Front from one end of the country to the other. Nor had anyone hitchhiked the length of Japan. But, heady on sakura and sake, Will Ferguson bet he could do both. The resulting travelogue is one of the funniest and most illuminating books ever written about Japan. And, as Ferguson learns, it illustrates that to travel is better than to arrive.
Publisher: Canongate Books
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 236 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 21 mm
'A fantastically offbeat odyssey brimming with irony, poetry and insight.' - Scotsman
'Beneath that thick skin lies a poetic soul: he may drink too much, and end up sweaty and alone in sad 'Love Hotels', but he can write about Shintoism, history, nature and architecture with real sensitivity. Hitching allows him to give us a fresh and funny perspective on a nation that can be both mysterious and "beyond surreal".' - Sunday Times
'I enjoyed Hokkaido Highway Blues immensely - Mr Ferguson is a very gifted writer.' - Bill Bryson
'Loaded with insights and highly original observations, this is overall an outstanding piece of travel writing. That so much of it is side-splittingly funny helps.' - Insight Japan
'A mild stroke of genius . . . it's difficult not to warm to his free-wheeling style. It always sounds stupid to describe something as "laugh-out-loud-funny", but parts of his concisely-sectioned travelogue are savagely hilarious.' - Sunday Herald
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