Wrong About Japan
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When Peter Carey offered to take his son to Japan, 12-year-old Charley stipulated no temples or museums. He wanted to see manga, anime, and cool, weird stuff. His father said yes. Out of that bargain comes this enchanting tour of the mansion of Japanese culture, as entered through its garish, brightly lit back door. Guided–and at times judged–by an ineffably strange boy named Takashi, the Careys meet manga artists and anime directors, the meticulous impersonators called “visualists,” and solitary, nerdish otaku. Throughout, the Booker Prize-winning novelist makes observations that are intriguing even when–as his hosts keep politely reminding him–they turn out to be wrong. Funny, surprising, distinguished by its wonderfully nuanced portrait of a father and son thousands of miles from home, Wrong About Japan is a delight.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
You're probably wrong about this book
Underrated. This book deserves a lot of credit. I read this when I was 11 or 12, and struggling to get my parents to understand my desire to go to and my fascination with Japan. I had my mom read this book, and I honestly believe that it sort of helped my mom see things from a different perspective. That I wasn't weird, and that my admiration for the country and culture isn't something to be ashamed of. Japan is a beautiful place. Unique.