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Planet Tokyo reveals Tokyo life of the late 20th century from the perspective of a Romanian student attending the most prestigious university in Tokyo while living with a Japanese family.
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This Japan is less about samurais and geishas and more about drugs, alcohol, prejudice against foreigners, the gai-jin, mental institutions, as the author fearlessly deconstructs the facade both of Tokyo and herself.

Aquainted with alcohol, yakuza members and hospitalized for a while in an asylum by the family she was living with, as a means to agree to leave the country, Claudia manages to escape the institution only to return to her home country. The book also features descriptions of various parts of Tokyo and Yokohama Bay Bridge.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Ethnic/Regional/Religion    -   Japanese Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Battle with a psychiatrist    -   Yes Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Eastern European


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   6 () Asia/Pacific    -   Yes

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only

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