Strange But True Stories from Japan

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Tuttle Publishing, 2011年7月5日 - 256 頁
Strange but True Stories from Japan is a fascinating collection of vignettes, ranging from historical to the personal.

Here you will be exposed to the goings-on of Americans serving time in Japanese prisons and the many who claimed the identity of Tokyo Rose. And learn about the bizarre habits of the eels that roam the Chikugo River.

In this eclectic and, well, strange, book you'll relive-from a distance-Kamakura's hara-kiri bloodshed and discover the surprising fate of the armless geisha, Tsuma-kichi. Seward also weaves touching memoir pieces between chapters that recount hilarious instances of fractured English and shocking-to-the-average-American Japanese cuisine. Written with an eye and ear for the theatrical and for the rhythm of Japanese life, this delightful but serious romp through modern Japan brings Seward's wide and varied cultural and military background to center stage.
 

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Introduction
Chapter 1
An American Apostate Humanizes the Emperor 193
The First American Teacher of English in Japan 215
Japan Tests an Atom Bomb

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Jack Seward has written forty-four books on Japan in both English and Japanese, including three Charles E. Tuttle titles--Outrageous Japanese (1991), Hari-Kiri (1968), and Cave of the Chinese Skeletons (1964)--and his best-known work, The Japanese (William Morrow, 1972). He studied Japanese at the US Army language school at the University of Michigan. He was sent to Japan during the Occupation as an army officer and later served as a CIA agent. He remained in Japan for twenty-five years as a businessman and writer. Seward is a regular contributor to Nichibei Journal and Tokyo Weekender, and he lives in Houston, TX.

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