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Dave Barry Does Japan | Dave Barry
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"One of the funniest peole ever to tap tap on a PC." PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER Not since George Bush's memorable dinner with the Japanese prime minister has the Land of the Rising Sun seen the likes of a goodwill ambassador like Dave Barry. Join him as he belts out oldies in a karaoke bar, marries a geriatric geisha girl, takes his first bath in public, bows to just about everyone, and explores culture shock in all its numerous humorous forms, including: Failing to Learn Japanese in Only Five Minutes (Or: "Very Much Good Morning, Sir!") ; Humor in Japan (Take My Tofu, Please!); Sports in Japan ("Yo, Batter! Loudly Make it Fly!"), and more.
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This is one of my current reads. Dave Barry is hilarious! Even though this book is somewhat dated (it was published in 1992), it‘s giving me many laugh-out-loud moments. #humor #Japan

rretzler Haven‘t thought about Dave Barry in a long time. He is hilarious 7mo
SqueakyChu @rretzler I haven‘t read Dave Barry‘s books for years. I still miss his weekly column in The Washington Post magazine (I never cared for Gene Weingarten‘s columns which replaced Barry‘s). I grabbed this book when I saw it because my older son visits Japan yearly just for fun so I thought this book would be a good read. I was right! 👍 7mo
rretzler We did one of his books on tape (remember when that was a thing) many, many years ago while on vacation. Don‘t remember which one it was but it was great. I still have a few cut outs of some of his old columns around somewhere 7mo
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SqueakyChu @rretzler It‘s funny, though. The more I read of this book, the more I see that Barry‘s whirlwind three-week vacation tour of Japan back in the 90‘s is leaving me disappointed in his “appreciation” of Japanese culture. That‘s also what turned me off to Bill Bryson‘s travel humor in the past. What‘s funny about poking fun over something one truly knows doesn‘t come off as well when poking humor at another culture, something deeply personal. (edited) 7mo
rretzler You‘re right. That would turn me off as well. That‘s too bad because he‘s a funny guy otherwise. I don‘t think I‘ve read any of his travel humor. I do enjoy Bill Bryson‘s travel humor, though. 7mo
SqueakyChu @rretzler I‘ve read two of Barry‘s novels which (as they are fictitious) are hilarious. I still am a great fan of his. 7mo
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I found this to be pretty funny even though it is a bit dated.

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Day 8 #booksthatmadeyousmile #augustphotochallenge If I'm having a really bad day, I pull this book out. I obsessively collected his books in the 90s, and this was by far my favorite. It is hilarious! Measuring time in Kabuki theater compared to time in eye surgery (to be fair, the plot was really bad) and "The secrets of Japanese industry (I should have written them down)". I'm already out of my house for a few days, so no real pic. ?

cariashley Oh wow. I think I need to read this! 3y
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