TWIGGER, ROBERT ANGRY WHITE PYJAMAS
Weidenfeld & Nicolson 1999 0753808587 / 9780753808580 Paperback Good
A brilliant and captivating insight into the bizarre nature of contemporary Japan.Adrift in Tokyo, teaching giggling Japanese highschool girls how to pronounce Tennyson correctly, Robert Twigger came to a revelation about him self: he'd never been fit. In a bid to escape the cockroach infestation and sweaty squalor of a cramped apartment in Fuji Heights, Twigger sets out to cleanse his body and his mind. Not knowing his fist from his elbow the aut hor is sucked into the world of Japanese martial arts, and the brutally dem anding course of budo training taken by the Tokyo Riot Police, where any as cetic motivation soon comes up against blood-stained dogis and fractured co llarbones.In Angry White Pyjamas Robert Twigger skilfully blends the ancien t with the modern - the ultra-traditionalism, ritual and violence of the do jo (training academy) with the shopping malls, nightclubs and scenes of eve ryday Tokyo life in the twenty-first century - to provide an entertaining a nd captivating glimpse of contemporary Japan.