This is a short, easy read about traveling to Japan. It's focused mainly on if you are going for business, meeting up with associates or other companiThis is a short, easy read about traveling to Japan. It's focused mainly on if you are going for business, meeting up with associates or other companies. Some of the social etiquette does translates if you are just traveling for fun/tourism, too. This book was only slightly handy. It was written over 20 years ago, so some things have changed culturally in Japan, some things have been changed with access to the Internet, and some etiquette items were just plain wrong. One thing that I found very inaccurate was that the author recommends that you rub your wooden chopsticks together at a restaurant to remove splinters. This is wildly rude in Japan as it IMPLIES there ARE splinters. Most chopsticks in restaurants, even the cheap throw away kind, will not have splinters. Some suggestions, such as how to give your associates gifts and who takes out whom to dinner, really reflect more on business associates schmoozing rather than actions for someone as part of a tour group staying at a hotel. Overall, this book has some pretty good advice and a good eye opener on how different each culture is. I would use this as a guideline for what kind of etiquette questions to look up on-line, and not just take everything written as still fact....more
I picked this up because I love rabbits. Being a bunny mom of two house rabbits, I found this book to be wildly inaccurate as far as rabbit behavior gI picked this up because I love rabbits. Being a bunny mom of two house rabbits, I found this book to be wildly inaccurate as far as rabbit behavior goes. Don't get it expecting to read anything about how most of what bunnies do all day is poop and sleep and eat. And chew on your expensive electronics.
As far as the Buddhism goes - very peaceful and thoughtful insights into life, put into perspective of hopping and carrots. The illustrations are adorable.
Definitely this is a book for a person looking for nuggets of wisdom about life. Not about bunnies....more
Honestly, I wish they hadn't tried to emphasize that these short stories are based on other works. For most of these I had never read the inspiration sHonestly, I wish they hadn't tried to emphasize that these short stories are based on other works. For most of these I had never read the inspiration story and therefore had no basis on how "rags and bones" the story had been boiled down to. Since I, and many readers, are not familiar with the inspiration stories it would have been much better to have the Author's Note for each story at the beginning, rather than end, so when reading the short story you'd have a basic idea of where they were going with it. Overall, though, I would have much preferred just to read original stories that drew inspiration from previous works the same way all art is inspired by previous works.
A few of these were very good. The Monkey's Paw retelling by Kelly Armstrong was pretty freaky. The Machine, the first story, was a solid interesting and surprising science fiction. Many of the stories I could have skipped.
Not a bad collection of stories, on the whole, but I don't think the plan behind the anthology really came through....more