“A remarkable journey . . . vivid, witty, insightful, engrossing and heartfelt. Anyone who wants to understand Japan should read this highly informative and entertaining book.” — Robert Whiting, author of Tokyo Underworld, You Gotta Have Wa and The Meaning of Ichiro

“From his life on the edge as a Zen trainee, yakuza pal and cabaret apprentice, Hutchison writes with a unique perspective on Japanese society. Penetrating, insightful and funny.” — Liza Dalby, author of Geisha