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Twigger, Robert -- Angry White Pyjamas
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100% of reviewers $50.00 8.4

Description: Adrift in Tokyo, translating obscene rap lyrics for giggling Japanese high school girls,, "thirtynothing" Robert Twigger comes to a revelation about himself: He has never been fit nor brave. Guided by his roommates, Fat Frank and Chris, he sets out to cleanse his body and mind. Not knowing his fist from his elbow, the author is drawn into the world of Japanese martial arts, joining the Tokyo Riot Police on their yearlong, brutally demanding course of budotraining, where any ascetic motivation soon comes up against bloodstained "white pyjamas" and fractured collarbones. In Angry White Pyjamas, Twigger blends, the ancient with the modern--the ultratraditionalism, ritual, and violence of the dojo (training academy) with the shopping malls, nightclubs, and scenes of everyday Tokyo life in the 1990s--to provide a brilliant, bizarre glimpse of life in contemporary Japan.
Keywords: twigger yoshinkan
ISBN: 0688175376

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George Goldberg

Registered: July 2007
Location: Chiang Mai
Posts: 1
Review Date: Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $50.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Great book
Cons: sad to finish it

I own a chain of bookshops in Thailand and I picked this book up from a customer without ever hearing of it before. I LOVED it!
I've done a little martial arts training - mostly Ju Jitsu - and was a U.S. Marine, but have only read or seen short demonstrations about Akido. Robert Twigger made me interested in it and made me want to know more.
This is the best book that I've read in many years and I could care less what the other people in the book think about him or his fighting abilities. This guy is an amazing WRITER!
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