Books: Rising Sun and Shady Nights

PICTURES FROM THE WATER TRADE by John David Morley

Some three months after arriving in Tokyo to study the Japanese language and culture, an Englishman in his mid 20s happens upon a restaurant where he thinks he can find some pizza and beer. After checking his coat, he is horrified to be presented with a cloakroom tab for more than the garment is worth. While he tries haltingly to talk his way out of this mess, he is rescued by Ichimonji, an older and evidently much wealthier man. This patron takes the young foreigner under his protection and guides him through an evening of serious drinking at a succession of...

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