This work recounts Will Ferguson's journey through Japan, as he hitch-hikes and follows the path of the cherry blossom or "sakura" moving from one coast to the other.
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"A mild stroke of genius ... savagely hilarious." Sunday Herald
With the same fervour they have for outlandish game shows and tiny gadgets the Japanese go nuts each spring when the cherry blossom sweeps from island to island towards the country's northern tip - Hokkaido. Will Ferguson was celebrating the event in the standard fashion. And after way too much sake announced he would be the first person in recorded history to follow the blossom's progress. And to make it a challenge worth doing he'd hitchhike all the way relying on the kindness of some very weird and wonderful strangers . . .
The resulting travelogue is one of the funniest and most illuminating books to be written on Japan.
"For anyone thinking of going to Japan, this will be an invaluable read. If you've already been you will find yourself laughing out loud in recognition." Geographical Magazine
"You trust both his humour and his insights ... an admirable pair of eyes through which to see contemporary Japan." Observer
Also AvailableAbout the Author:
Will Ferguson was born and raised in the former fur-trapping settlement of Fort Vermilion in the backwoods of northern Canada. Fortunately, he managed to escape, and he has since travelled throughout Latin America and East Asia. Indeed, he prides himself on having gotten utterly and hopelessly lost in more than a dozen exotic locales, including Ecuador, Peru, Indonesia, Malaysia, China, Korea, and Japan.
'How I ever became a travel writer is beyond me,' he confesses. 'I have absolutely no sense of direction.'
Ferguson has a BFA in screenwriting from York University, Toronto. His first three books were plucked from the slush pile: he is the author of the satirical bestseller Why I Hate Canadians, which was all but banned from export (though it can be ordered online at chapters.ca, he advises), and his other works include a nuts-and-bolts traveller's bible, The Hitchhiker's Guide to Japan, as well as a humorous expos about his experience in a misguided drunken government youth program, entitled I Was a Teenage Katima-victim! He has also written an insightful and highly scientific political analysis: Bastards & Boneheads (it was a study of our leaders).
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Descripción Canongate Pub Ltd, 2000. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería M0862419964