A peek at the "real" Japan through the lens of its raucous weekly magazines.
From "Strip Diplomacy Breaks North Korean Ice" to "Moms Mistake Kids for Pets" and "Panty-Gazing Research Revealed," Tabloid Tokyo offers a rare glimpse at the seamier side of Japanese culture lurking beneath the calm and dignified surface.
For the last four years, the authors have mined the pages of a wide variety of Japan's weekly magazines, selecting the quirkiest, most off-beat, outrageous and intriguing stories to discuss in columns appearing in the Japan Times and the online edition of the Mainichi Daily News. Tabloid Tokyo is a collection of the best of these stories. Organized around such topics as sex, popular taste and style, crime, love, marriage and family, animal issues, and the salaried life, Tabloid Tokyo shows us a picture of Japan that may be surprising and shocking-but is also relentlessly entertaining.
About the Author
GEOFF BOTTING is a Canadian who has lived in Japan since graduating from the University of Victoria in 1986. He has worked as a journalist for the Mainichi Daily News, The Japan Times, NHK (the national broadcaster) and the Kyodo News Agency. He lives in Tokyo.
Australian RYANN CONNELL works for the Mainichi newspaper, specializing in stories about unseen Japan. A resident of Tokyo for almost 20 years, he idolizes his daughters, Misha and Natasha, fertility festivals and raw horseflesh-flavored ice cream.
MICHAEL HOFFMAN, originally from Montreal, Canada, is a freelance writer and translator living in Otaru, Hokkaido. He is the author of three books of fiction, the latest being The Coat that Covers Him and Other Stories (Authorhouse, 2004).
A newspaper and magazine columnist, translator and author, MARK SCHREIBER has lived in Asia since 1965 and currently makes his home in Tokyo. He is author of The Dark Side: Infamous Japanese Crimes and Criminals (Kodansha International, 2001).
HIROSUKE "AMORE" UENO is a graphic designer/illustrator whose works have graced many of Japan's popular magazines, Japanese and Hong Kong CDs and Club Flyers.
What People are Saying About This
"Pulp fiction is fun, but pulp non-fiction is more fun. And Japanese weekly tabloid pulp non-fiction-the stuffing that's jammed between the covers of this book-surpasses all."
Editor, Annals of Improbable Research and founder of the Ig Noble Awards
"In their latest collection of hilarious and outrageous media offerings, Mark Schreiber and his colleagues chronicle 101 stories from Japan's colorful underside, and by so doing, expose this country yet again for the unpredictable, fascinating place that it is. If there were a literary prize given out for this sort of thing, the TABLOID TOKYO crew would win it hands down."
Author; You Gotta Have Wa, Tokyo Underworld and The Meaning of Ichiro