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A circle round the sun : a foreigner in Japan

Author: Peregrine Hodson
Publisher: New York : A.A. Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1993.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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Having once voyaged to Japan as a dojo acolyte and truth-seeker, Peregrine Hodson returned in the guise of an investment banker to unravel, through this authoritative, first-person account, the mysteries of sex and money at the heart of Japan, Inc. The astonishing result is A Circle Round the Sun, an unprecedented insight into the identity of a country which is perceived as at once our Eastern alter ego and our  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peregrine Hodson
ISBN: 0679421025 9780679421023
OCLC Number: 26546183
Description: 299 pages ; 22 cm
Responsibility: Hodson Peregrine.

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Having once voyaged to Japan as a dojo acolyte and truth-seeker, Peregrine Hodson returned in the guise of an investment banker to unravel, through this authoritative, first-person account, the mysteries of sex and money at the heart of Japan, Inc. The astonishing result is A Circle Round the Sun, an unprecedented insight into the identity of a country which is perceived as at once our Eastern alter ego and our nemesis. Hodson's adventures deftly traverse the complex landscape of contemporary Japan. By day he studies the wacky protocol of his office's chain-smoking, green tea-drinking salarimen and the struggles of a new breed of aggressive career woman; by night he explores clubs in which old women watch a couple having sex on stage, and a waiter performs sexual karate tricks. He listens to the confessions of a Japanese war criminal, and is in turn listened to by suspicious subway travelers when he records his observations on a tape recorder. When Hodson's concerns about his lack of privacy - and, indeed, his status - within the company build to a crest of paranoia and intrigue, the narrative builds to an intense analysis of the intricate and uneasy relationship between Japan and its gaijin visitors. But throughout this knowing account, Hodson avoids the trap of nihonjin-ron, the typical foreigner's attempt to decipher the "Japanness" of Japan. Often hilarious, occasionally unnerving, but always acute, Peregrine Hodson's book instead represents a new kind of travel writing - a tale in which rules and conventions are turned inside out, leaving nothing but the truth laid bare in an encompassing vision of modern Japan.

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