Even more Japonalia


Good news for those of you who couldn't get enough of my constant posts about Japan (all two of you) -- a reader named "Professor Solomon" writes to tell us he also enjoys spouting off about the country, and that he's done it in book form.

Across the sea is the land of Japan. With its ancient shrines, sumo wrestlers, Zen masters, capsule hotels, Laughing Festival, fortunetelling birds, haiku masters, phantom foxes, mania for bathing, musical crickets, tea masters, Living National Treasures, Moon Viewing Night, bowing etiquette, Festival of the Dead, dream-eating Baku, samurai films, Fuji pilgrims, and robots, it is unlike anywhere else in the world. Let me tell you about it." —Professor Solomon At last, the unknown Japan. The traditional Japan. The real Japan. In this erudite yet entertaining work, the Professor explores a Japan of which few of us are aware.

Better yet, it's a free download. If Japan isn't not your thing, the Professor apparently also has books on Coney Island, King Solomon, how to find lost objects (I need this one), and "how to make the most of a flying saucer experience" (not so much).