Things Japanese Find Offensive
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After burning all bridges, Quinn enters a new world that is incomprehensible but fascinating. Right after his arrival in Tokyo, he gets sucked into a parallel world that is far from the postcard pictures. It is a world of murder, guilt, and lies. Caught in the nightlife of Shinjuku, the only escape becomes the indifferent world of the convenience store. Soon names become only a vague reminiscence of the past, and memory itself is called into question. Without anything reliable left, one starts to wonder which parts of life exist and which are imagined. The only element that remains consistent is jazz. The world becomes untrustworthy, spontaneous, and unpredictable. But only until one goes beyond. With Quinn's rejection of his own past, the work in the bar fulfils most of his needs at first, until he realises who he is working for. He becomes involved into his employer's dirty business without knowing and is suddenly dependent on them. Trying to find out what had really happened to his work colleague Ko-mori, he gets two innocent people involved in his trouble. His success to regain his identity no longer is a matter for himself, but he suddenly has become responsible for two other lives that are in danger without knowing it. As he encounters guilt, murder, and identity loss, he is suddenly freed from all restrictions that Japan had set on him and suddenly has nothing to lose.
Author: Dave Barry
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Release Date: 2010-07-28
"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.
This is a biography of G. Christopher Willis, a Canadian missionary to China from 1921-1949. His Christian literature publishing and distribution was the last Protestant missionary work in China after the Communist takeover, continuing for another ten years under Communist rule. At a time when the church in China entered a period of prolonged spiritual famine, there remained a storehouse of Christian literature to feed the hungry and build up spiritual leaders, enabling them to faithfully feed their flocks. Today the church in China is the single most powerful witness of New Testament Christianity, standing as a witness to the Western church as it flounders in materialism and liberalism. This book is also a study of spiritual fruitfulness, using the biography as a case study to understand Jesus' words "Unless a grain of wheat" and their practical meaning in daily life. There is a way forward for a floundering Western church, to follow along the narrow path that Jesus has called it to walk.