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Publisher's Summary

Tokyo Junkie is a memoir that plays out over the dramatic 60-year growth of the megacity Tokyo, once a dark, fetid backwater and now the most populous, sophisticated, and safe urban capital in the world. 

Follow author Robert Whiting (The Chrysanthemum and the BatYou Gotta Have WaTokyo Underworld) as he watches Tokyo transform during the 1964 Olympics, rubs shoulders with the Yakuza and comes face to face with the city’s dark underbelly, interviews Japan’s baseball elite after publishing his first best-selling book on the subject, and learns how politics and sports collide to produce a cultural landscape unlike any other, even as a new Olympics is postponed and the COVID virus ravages the nation. 

A colorful social history of what Anthony Bourdain dubbed, “the greatest city in the world”, Tokyo Junkie is a revealing account by an accomplished journalist who witnessed it all firsthand and, in the process, had his own dramatic personal transformation.

©2021 Robert Whiting (P)2021 Blackstone Publishing and Skyboat Media

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  • diya
  • 2021-06-29

Delightful book with great narration

Part historical account of Tokyo rebirth and growth, part autoradiography, part social commentary. even when the book discussed topics i am familiar with i was still engaged and interested what the author has to say

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  • angelheart
  • 2021-08-22

Please hire narrators who can pronounce Japanese correctly!!!

Hated the way Japanese words were pronounced! It is a book about Japan and life in it. The narrator’s voice was okay, very masculine but his pronunciation of Japanese makes me distrust the words of the writer…

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  • KJ
  • 2021-07-17

Now I must visit Tokyo

Excellent book all around. Please release some more of Mr. Whitings book on your site!!