Mar 30, Louis rated it did not like it A few chapters in there are a few things that annoy me about this book: This book is ridiculously pro-American. The Americans did not sexually liberate Japan, they repressed it- it was the Americans who stopped mixed bathing at Onsens and who, right up to the present time, have been raping Japanese women.
A few chapters in there are a few things that annoy me about this book: The sexually predatory behaviour of the American GIs this book glorifies is what gives Foreigners in Japan their bad image. Saying that it's not a bad book, and I'll finish it because it's so short, with so little actual writing, and just a lot of blank space. I'm starting to become everything I despise!
And I changed my mind, it is a bad book. I'd go so far as to say that it's the worst book I've ever bothered to finish. I picked it up because I've always been considering doing post-graduate work on eroticism in Japanese Literature. I expected an intellectual work this book does appear intellectual, if you judge it by its cover but no, it's one man's advice on how to get a Japanese woman. To save you reading this book I'll give you my own advice- come to Japan. Go to a bar in the entertainment area in any large city.
I'm sure you'll find someone who's 'up for it' but they probably won't be the perfect being the author describes. Honestly, this book is such a simplified sex manual that its quite racist. It's racist in its depiction of the Japanese as well as the way it builds up the civility and chivalry of Americans.
One chapter towards the end describes Japanese wives as perfect because they are forgiving of unfaithfulness. If I wasn't having trouble sleeping I would've put the book down then and not bothered with the last few pages. If it's a piece of the history of sexuality in Japan you want, grab anything by Yasunari Kawabata , particularly Beauty and Sadness. Some of Haruki Murakami 's work has interesting things to say on the matter of attraction, but all of these books are worth reading simply for the quality of the writing.
They get lots of stars- this book gets one. I found some gems in it, but most of the information is not too hard to find just by reading on the Internet. Still, books have some advantages over the Web, just don't expect too much from this one. So long as they aren't looking for something deep and full of research, fans of Japan and sex can get something out of this book.
And people who don't know much about Japan and sex can get a lot.