Japan Through The Looking Glass

Alan Macfarlane

Based on a fantastic David Piling piece in the FT (snippet available elsewhere on this site), I expected this to be a very strong book.
Sorry. It isn’t. There are interesting tidbits here and there, but way too much slogging through banal, discursive observations about a society that the author discovered late in life and given his lack of the language, had to rely on “distinguished” guides to get to know.

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