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by Our Man in Abiko
"I can easily say that with my current life completely focussed on such issues, Our Man's blog has become far and away the most important insight for me into this election over trillions of supposedly well-informed other sources. I'm now checking for it daily."
—early review before it was even a book by Craig Scanlan
An Essay by Our Man in Abiko
"This essay could have been tremendously clunky and pretentious in the wrong hands. Fortunately for the reader, Ourmani is definitely the right pair of hands. Style doesn't get in the way of substance, but where some writers might have resorted to an impenetrable wall of facts, here they are leavened with fictional elements, making this an enjoyable read." —Amazon review by E.M. Goldsmith
How to Write About Japan
An Essay by Our Man in Abiko
"Our Man in Abiko nails most of my pet peeves about foreign media coverage of Japan in his new ebook, How to Write About Japan. Buckets of brackish well water that stink of conformity (nails to be hammered down) and queerness (panty vending machines)..."
— read the full review by Nictos here.
by Our Man in Abiko
"Half-Life is about a young Japanese-British woman. Hana ends up hunting down another hafu girl for her American father whilst on the run from the yakuza. It is set around the time of the earthquake, partly in Abiko and partly in Ishinomaki. Our Man in Abiko writes from the POV of a young woman very well. Hana is completely believable. Hana puts herself across as a little slow, but she is actually very sharp, just a tad manipulative and determined as all Hell. With the help of her chain smoking, booze hound Shinto priest, Uncle Kentaro, she could go very far. Uncle Kentaro, by the way, is such a fun character; one of those cranky, cryptic old men that talk in riddles, slap you when you’ve said something dumb but have a heart of gold. Maybe Our Man or Hana will commit more of his story to eInk one day."
—read the full review by Aerliss here.
Pictures and poems from the bubble years by Dan Ryan
"Dan Ryan's "Tokyo in the Underbrush" doesn't sit easily in any pigeonhole - being a collection of photographs of Tokyo's homeless juxtaposed with Dan's early poetry. The photographs are startling - at once shocking but intriguing. These are photos of a side of Tokyo most gaijin never see - the homeless, the dispossessed, the chronic alcoholics - but there is no voyeurism here; Dan's pictures are intimate but tender, revealing these people in great dignity. The poetry varies enormously in style and content: some is accessible, some more cryptic. Some angry, some almost whimsical, but all compelling. There is no direct link between the poems and the pictures - Dan explains that he just arranged them in a way that seemed to fit - certainly the juxtaposition adds an extra dimension, making for a thoroughly thought-provoking book."
— R. Mellor (Amazon review)
"This is an excellent collection of pieces on how Japan's triple disaster of March 2011 has affected the country. The essays cover topics such as the media portrayal of the events of that day, the birth of an NPO dedicated to relief in Tohoku, yakuza as first responders, and the tale of the elderly man who refuses to leave the vicinity of the Fukushima nuclear power plant to spend his time taking care of abandoned animals. The pieces not only deal with what has actually happened in Japan since that day, but also how the government and TEPCO's handling of the situation has affected the consciousness of the Japanese public, and what that could mean for the future of Japan. Each piece is as compelling as the next and the insightful views make you think about the aftermath of March 11th, and how that could shape what has still to come. Well worth the cover price."
—Japan Resident (Amazon review)
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