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Roger Dahl's Comic Japan: Best of Zero Gravity Cartoons from the Japan Times-The Lighter Side of Tokyo Life

Paperback - 10 March 2015
Dahl, Roger (Author)
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Roger Dahl's Zero Gravity cartoon strip has been a popular feature of Japan's leading English-language daily newspaper, The Japan Times, since 1991.

Now, for the first time, Roger Dahl's Comic Japan brings together the best of Zero Gravity in book form. Offering a Western artist's take on Japan, the strip stars Larry and Lily, a young American couple working as English teachers in Tokyo. Larry and Lily never manage to fully integrate into Japanese society, and Zero Gravity takes a whimsical approach to the meeting of cultures as well as the quirky dynamics of changing relationships between generations and subgroups within Japan. Besides Larry and Lily, Zero Gravity features their close friends, the Koyama family, whose three very different generations encounter plenty of misunderstandings of their own

This anthology contains eight chapters featuring the best selection of strips from Larry and Lily's life in Japan. Each chapter opens with a brief passage about its theme, and a 3-page illustrated introduction provides information about Dahl, his career, and his inspiration for Zero Gravity.

Graphic novels and comic books have experienced explosive growth in recent years, and Roger Dahl's Comic Japan offers humorous cross-cultural observations that will delight visitors to Japan and armchair travelers alike.

Product Details

ISBN-10: 4805313374

ISBN-13: 9784805313374

Publisher: Tuttle Publishing       

Language: English

Age Range: NA - NA years

Grade Level: NA - NA

Format: Paperback | 168 Pages

Product Dimension (L x W x H): 20.07 x 21.34 x 1.27 CM

Shipping Weight: 0.41 Kg

Customer Reviews

4 customer reviews  Between 2−3 stars rating,  27 November 2020
Desne-land
By: Catherine Frances Corpuz

As a gaijin studying in Japan, I used to read the comic strip as it provided glimpses of Japanese idiosyncrasies as well as a source of guide. But one has to be familiar with the Japanese culture and way of life to appreciate the humor; otherwise the humor would appear flat.

4 customer reviews  Between 1−2 stars rating,  28 October 2020
A fun light reading
By: Irsalina Dwiyanti

For anyone has special interest on how people live in Japan, or Tokyo in this case, it is a nice light reading. Yu can find fun cultural tidbits and interesting day- to- day behavior of Japanese people from foreginer's point of view.

4 customer reviews  Between 4−5 stars rating,  24 September 2019
Funny Comic Strips About Foreigners Living in Japan
By: Dine Rostianti

A collection of comic strips about an American married couple living in Japan. Comic strips are collected in several chapters based on their topics, namely Surviving, Relationships, Work, Language, Seasons, Culture, Food, Shopping and Travel, and Junko. Japan is one of the countries in the world that has a unique culture and Roger Dahl managed to describe the moments of daily life that might be considered normal by Japanese, but they give a deep impression to foreigners living in Japan. The short stories in this book are funny, entertaining and provide an overview of daily life in Japan.

4 customer reviews  Between 4−5 stars rating,  27 January 2015
Dahl is great at digging into the small details
By: Library Journal

Dahl is great at digging into the small details and differences that only real experience illuminates, like the dangers of spreading foot fungus through wearing a host’s slippers and the etiquette surrounding sneezing. He especially shines in the strips detailing the problems of navigating the Japanese workplace.

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