Jeff Chappell's Reviews > Bar Flower: My Decadently Destructive Days and Nights as a Tokyo Nightclub Hostess

Bar Flower by Lea Jacobson
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Jul 01, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: nonfiction
Recommended for: to anyone seeking a greater understanding of Japanese culture.
Read in January, 2008

Once again, Goodreads eats my review. Argh.

Here's the brief version -- an intriguing and illuminating look into Japanese culture. Whatever deeper perspective or context Jacobson may lack in her youth is more than made up by her powers of observation and her skill with the written word. And that is not to imply that she doesn't bring much to the table when it comes to understanding this unique culture; she most certainly does.

If she ever writes a corollary to this book later on in her life, I would not hesitate to pick it up -- quite the opposite in fact.

I heartily disagree with those reviewers who would brand her some sort of simpleton Japanophile; she clearly has a greater understanding of Japanese culture than that.

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