In Dave Barry Does Japan, nationally syndicated columnist Dave Barry recalls his travels around the nation of Japan along with his then wife and young son in 1991. He writes about his three week working vacation paid for by his publishing company. It is hilarious as he stumbles and bumbles his family through Japan, to tourist destinations like Tokyo and Mt. Fuji. He is perplexed by the customs, culture, language, cuisine, manners, and means of transportation. You name it and he is at a loss for how it came to be or why it ever existed.
Dave Barry is able to write about feeling like a foreigner in Miami, so Japan is way beyond his comprehension. He plays it up for laughs and the results can be side-splittingly funny. Sometimes real facts and actual events come to the surface and they are often funnier than the fictional things he writes about. Not a useful travel guide for those traveling to Japan but perhaps a good way to be introduced to the quirks and idiosyncrasies of the Japanese people while in flight.
This report prepared by David Fletcher