Wrong About Japan

Review: “Wrong About Japan” by Peter Carey


Thumbs up for Wrong About Japan by Peter Carey. Travel.

I want to visit Japan, but that is not in the cards, so I am traveling vicariously instead. This is a small, charming little book about the author’s trip to Japan with his son, as they search to understand even of a fragment of the Japanese spirit that they think they discern in manga and anime. They end up even more confused than they were when they started. Cute, and, unlike many travel books, the author seems like a normal human being I might actually want to meet. (Maybe it’s the presence of his son that keeps him humble.)

“‘I’m going to live here,’ he said, ‘after my band fails.'”

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