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Speed Tribes

Days and Night's with Japan's Next Generation

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This foray into the often violent subcultures of Japan dramatically debunks the Western perception of a seemingly controlled and orderly society.

From Publishers Weekly

Aug 29, 1994 – While working as a reporter for an English-language Tokyo newspaper in 1988, Greenfeld, born in Japan and raised in Los Angeles, was struck by the discrepancy between what he experienced of Japanese life and the business topics that comprised his assignments. Here he sets out to inventory the ``gritty, sexy, real Japan: the dazzling variety of new youth subcultures and rich pop cultures emerging as a result of the ``bubble economy prosperity.'' But these ``speed tribes,'' as Greenfeld calls them, who are ``more adept at folding a bundle of cocaine . . . than creasing an origami crane,'' come across as depressing and sordid, rather than ``dazzling'' or rich. We are introduced in vivid detail to the members of motorcycle gangs, producers and stars in the video porn business, drug dealers, the hostess ``industry,'' extreme right-wing groups, and students at a university exhausted by their own efforts to win places there and now cynical goldbrickers. This is not the Japan of 12-hour-a-day salarymen, exquisite aesthetes and craftspeople, successful industrialists, or high-savings wage slaves; rather, Greenfeld depicts the spawn of the world's richest country, as a Japanese version, perhaps, of American '60s culture.

Customer Reviews

speed tribes

Great book ! read it in college , do not own it on the iPhone but it is defeneatly worth getting , great short stories directed towards genuine younger audience , I'm in my early 20s. fun read , I highly recommend it.

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  • $10.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Asia
  • Published: Aug 03, 2010
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books
  • Seller: HarperCollins
  • Print Length: 304 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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