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1 Berry, Scott MONKS, SPIES AND A SOLDIER OF FORTUNE
Continuum International Publ 1995 048511447X / 9780485114478 1st Edition Hardcover AN/AN 
A highly collectible first edition/printing, tight clean copy protected in a new brodart wrapper, no inscriptions, unclipped dustjacket, this is not a n Ex-Lib or a BCE/BOMC edition. During the first half of the twentieth century, as Tibet opened its doors to the West, the country was visited by a number of Japanese. Two were monks investigating Tibetan Buddhism; two others were more worldly clerics hoping to manipulate Tibetan politics. Of the laymen, two were spies, one was a soldier of fortune and a fourth was the author of a three-volume adventure story. The present book, based on research into Japanese sources, recounts this virtually unknown episode in the history of travel and exploration. 
Price: 6000.00 JPY
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A RIDE IN THE NEON SUN, Dew, Josie
2 Dew, Josie A RIDE IN THE NEON SUN
Little Brown UK 1999 0751517550 / 9780751517552 Paperback Very Good 
The third in her series of cycling books sees the author riding east across Australia, China, Korea, Borneo, Indonesia and Malaysia. The journey encom passes the Orient - the old, the modern, and the futuristic, beginning with a tour of Japan. 
Price: 500.00 JPY
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THE SUN IN MY EYES (TWO-WHEELING EAST), Dew, Josie
3 Dew, Josie THE SUN IN MY EYES (TWO-WHEELING EAST)
Sphere 2002 0751530182 / 9780751530186 Paperback Very Good 
Following on from the hugely enjoyable A RIDE IN THE NEON SUN, Josie takes us on the second part of her journey through Japan; a country whose keyword is peace, yet spends millions each year on high-tech armament. Josie's tra vels are as fascinating as they are varied; she endures a horrific storm at sea, samples the deadly puffer fish and visits the two cities which will f orever symbolise the horror of war: Nagasaki and Hiroshima. But wherever sh e goes, no matter how remote or industrious the area, Josie encounters the friendly, quirky and unbelievably generous Japanese people, from those who load her down with cabbages and cans of Pocari Sweat to one couple who left her the key to their shop - and told her to sleep by the till! 
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JAPAN - 6,000 MILES ON A BICYCLE, Norrie, Leigh
4 Norrie, Leigh JAPAN - 6,000 MILES ON A BICYCLE
Printed Matter Press, Tokyo 2008 1933606142 / 9781933606149 Paperback Near Fine 
A crisp clean softcover, no markings throughout, NOT an ex-lib book: This book is not about cycling, but it is. It's not about Japan, but it is. It's not about sightseeing, but it is. In short, this book is about six mo nths of someone's life -- a journey. As with all journeys, it begins with u ncertainty and ends in reward. It may inspire you. If it does nothing more, this adventure will have achieved more than I ever imagined. Editorial Reviews Review In May 2005, Leigh Norrie left his house and went on a bike ride... to the rest of Japan. After a lonely and grueling six months, he'd pedaled 10,000 kilometers through every prefecture, all 41, north to south. On the way he kept a diary of his remarkable odyssey, now published as his first book, Japan 6,000 Miles on a Bicycle; and dedicated the proceeds to his chosen charity: the Chi-ki Children s Foundation. Norrie s mesmeric account of the people and places he encounters uses two classic themes: the diary and the road trip. Unlike many modern travel memoirs there are no tales of gunfights, car-chases, life-or-death poker games, or elicit encounters. His book is more reminiscent of Steinbeck's adorable Travels with Charley, with everyday folk as the cast, and customariness fused with Japan s singular idiosyncrasies making for an exceptionally enticing script. Never snobby, often judgmental, but always frank, Norrie peppers Japan with a brutal insight that meanders between outrage and kindness. Not since Alan Boothe s Roads To Saga has Japan been scoured with such objectivity, anger and affection. Diaries have made a comeback of late, yet their value has always been price 
Price: 2500.00 JPY
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