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A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
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Tokyo Vice by Jake Adelstein
" There is another book about the yakuza specifically but they tend to be so cranky and hard to deal with that it's taking forever to finish. They are n ...more "
Tokyo Vice by Jake Adelstein
"Amazing book. Reads like a novel but full of strange and specific information. Great exploration of crime journalism, Tokyo sex industry, and Japan's toleration of the Yakuza. A really good book and I hope there's a sequel specifically about the Y..." Read more of this review »
Tokyo Vice by Jake Adelstein
"Sort of torn on this one. A lot of the stories contained in this book are really wild and interesting, but for a memoir I didn't think Adelstein came across as particularly likeable or interesting himself.

Still, the world or organzied crime in Ja..." Read more of this review »
Tokyo Vice by Jake Adelstein
"I read the audiobook narrated by the author, Jake Adelstein. I always like to hear the author's take on their own work. Adelstein certainly has his own voice, but seems to be reading from a script (which he kind of is) and I'm not sure if he just..." Read more of this review »
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There's Something I Want to Tell You by Yuta Aoki
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Buddhist Scriptures by Anonymous
“Overcome anger with peace. Overcome evil with good. Overcome greed with generosity. Overcome liars with truth.”
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Never Smile at a Monkey by Steve Jenkins
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Jake Adelstein
“The people believed that kotodama—the soul or spirit of language—resided in every word;”
Jake Adelstein, Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan

Ray Bradbury
“If we listened to our intellect we'd never have a love affair. We'd never have a friendship. We'd never go in business because we'd be cynical: "It's gonna go wrong." Or "She's going to hurt me." Or,"I've had a couple of bad love affairs, so therefore . . ." Well, that's nonsense. You're going to miss life. You've got to jump off the cliff all the time and build your wings on the way down.”
Ray Bradbury

“Overcome anger with peace. Overcome evil with good. Overcome greed with generosity. Overcome liars with truth.”
Juan Mascaró, Buddhist Scriptures

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