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The Hitchhiker's Guide to Japan

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  3,371 Ratings  ·  293 Reviews
This budget-oriented travel guide intoduces hitching as the way to travel cheaply in Japan. The author gives advice on etiquette and strategies, provides hitchiking itineraries, and cross-references the itineraries with an English-language Japanese road atlas.
Paperback, 336 pages
Published April 1st 1998 by Charles E. Tuttle Co. (first published 1998)
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coriolinus
Not many things that advertise themselves as blues actually deliver the emotion. It was somewhat startling, then, to discover that this book is in fact deeply, profoundly melancholic.

Ferguson started with nothing but a boast, elevated by coworkers more enthusiastic than he is into a grand plan. To hitchhike the length of Japan isn't a particularly sane or rational plan, but caught up in the enthusiasm of those who hear of it, he eventually goes through with it.

In the beginning, all is well. Thi
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Alison
This book stopped me falling asleep at my regular hour night after night because it had me laughing so much. Will Ferguson's ironic sense of humour is very amusing, and a nice balance to his insightful observations on Japan. I'm usually suspicious of foreigners who spend a few years in Japan, take themselves too seriously and decide to write a book explaining some aspect of unique, mysterious Japan. But this guy is fully qualified, having done enough time in the country in a remote area, learned ...more
Sakura87
Se incontri il Buddha lungo la strada, non ucciderlo. Tira fuori il pollice. Chissà, potrebbe anche offrirti un passaggio.

Giappone, Giappone... tanto amato quanto malvisto, tanto idealizzato quanto pregiudicato.
Il diario di viaggio di un canadese nel Sol Levante è un facile specchietto per le allodole (i nippofili), decisamente facili all'entusiasmo specialmente, si sa, quando ci sono di mezzo i sakura, ormai divenuti simbolo di quanto di poetico il Giappone possiede. Il pericolo di una simile l
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Serena.. Sery-ously?
Se non avete taaaanto tempo e disponibilità economica, NON leggete questo libro: la voglia di esplorare il Giappone in autostop con Will Ferguson sarà quasi dolorosa..

Giuro, io volevo prendere e partire seduta stante; mentre lavoravo con la mente mi ritrovavo a fantasticare delle mete viste, dei prossimi passi, del "certo quel posto era proprio figo" e soprattutto, ho provato un senso di attesa e di meraviglia come se fossi veramente lì! Will Ferguson ha fatto una piccola magia con il suo libro:
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Juli
May 29, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another wonderful travelogue... the traveler this time makes astute observations of the Japanese nationals he encounters as he hitchhikes north from the southernmost tip of Japan.

Being an Asian-American, I can see both sides of the espy. It is easy to relate to the often awkward, big-hearted, intensely curious, 'liberal' American being given an opportunity to look through a usually closed window into the private lives of the average Japanese citizen in Japan.
I can also see how the Japanese use t
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fenrir
May 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

William "Will" Ferguson è uno scrittore canadese, nato in Fort Vermilion, Alberta in Canada. Anche informandomi sul suo conto non sono riuscita a capire bene come sia finito in Giappone ad insegnare inglese, visto che sembra aver fatto studi di cinema all'università e niente che giustifichi un viaggio del genere nel paese del sol levante.
E' vero che lui stesso ammette di essere approdato in Giappone senza sapere assolutamente niente della lingua, ma scoprire che non aveva nemmeno le basi per in
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Ainsley
May 13, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Greatly enjoyed this - found myself giggling a lot and reading bits out loud to my husband. Many of the author's experiences mirrored my own, and the whole thing is free of the pompousness and attitude of having attained deep insights into the "other" that afflicts so much writing about Japan. Don't know what those who haven't been to Japan, or who led a different sort of life there, would make of it, but it worked for me.
Suzanne
A near perfect travel memoir, Will Ferguson embarks upon a hitchhiking journey to follow the Cherry Blossom Front 1800 miles -  from the southernmost part of Japan, to it's northernmost tip at Hokkaido.

Filled with interesting characters, witticisms, commentary and fascinating cultural facts, Hokkaido Highway Blues is a true gem.  Ferguson is a talented writer and his perspective on Japan and it's culture is a must-read for arm-chair travelers.
Kkraemer
Sep 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Will Ferguson seems to be a very honest writer. He not only tells of his journeys, but of this thinking and -- most importantly -- the things he does and says even when he's being a jerk. Very believable. Occasionally laugh out loud funny.

After teaching English in Japan for a few years, he decides to hitchhike from the southernmost tip of Japan (a very lush, almost tropical area) to the northernmost tip (think Northern sea, icebergs off the coast sort of place). He follows the sakura, the cherr
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Will Ferguson is an award-winning travel writer and novelist. His last work of fiction, 419, won the Scotiabank Giller Prize. He has won the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour a record-tying three times and has been nominated for both the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and a Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. His new novel, The Shoe on the Roof, will be released October 17, 2017. Visit him at WillFerguson.ca ...more
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“...when you are constantly prevailing upon the kindness of strangers-as a hitchhiker must-it keeps you in a positive frame of mind. Call it Zen and the Art of Hitchhiking. The Way of the Lift. The chrysanthemum and the Thumb. Heady on beer and the sound of my own voice, the aphorisms spilled out unchecked.” 3 likes
“Deferring judgement to a later date resolves nothing and all you are left with is a box of jumbled slides and a collection of knick-knacks and odds and ends. Here a face. There a sunset.” 2 likes
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