Pictures from the Water Trade by John David Morley
An Englishman in Japan

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For several years John David Morley steeped himself in Japanese life, from learning shodo, the art of writing, to exploring the cosy bars, cabarets and brothels of the "water trade" - the nightime world where improper behaviour is quite appropriate. This book describes his experiences.

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Romance author Jayne Ann Krentz was born in Borrego Springs, California on March 28, 1948. She received a B.A. in history from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a Masters degree in library science from San Jose State University. Before becoming a full-time author, she worked as a librarian. Her novels include: Truth or Dare, All Night Long, and Copper Beach. She has written under seven different names: Jayne Bentley, Amanda Glass, Stephanie James, Jayne Taylor, Jayne Castle, Amanda Quick and Jayne Ann Krentz. Her first book, Gentle Pirate, was published in 1980 under the name Jayne Castle. She currently uses only three personas to represent her three specialties. She uses the name Jayne Ann Krentz for her contemporary pieces, Amanda Quick for her historical fiction pieces, and Jayne Castle for her futuristic pieces. She has received numerous awards for her work including the 1995 Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Trust Me, the 2004 Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Falling Awake, the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award, the Romantic Times Jane Austen Award, and the Susan Koppelman Award for Feminist Studies for Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women: Romance Writers on the Appeal of the Romance.
Published January 1, 1985 by A. Deutsch. 259 pages
Genres: Travel, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Morley can tell a story (idyllic alfresco lovemaking interrupted by a furious motorcyclist) and he can make acute observations (reading the onbu--the ubiquitous baby-carrying backpack--as a symbol of ""the self-insufficient Japanese.

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The central character of this unusual book—it is nonfiction yet reads like a novel—is called Boon, which the Japanese pronounce "Bun."

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London Review of Books

His descriptive passages, favouring the everyday over the exotic, are all the more evocative for their control and understatement, never more so than during his celebration of Japanese trains, the immaculate white gloves of the railway workers, and the variety of announcements – ‘little masterpie...

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