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Ian Buruma: A Tokyo Romance

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The National Arts Club

15 Gramercy Park South

New York, NY 10003

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Book reading and signing, followed by a wine reception

When Ian Buruma arrived in Tokyo in 1975, a young film student in love with Japanese theater and movies, Japan was little more in his mind than a fantasy of a faraway land. But he soon found his way to the heart of the city’s underground culture, accepted as a member by an avant-garde Butoh theatre troupe. Amid the dancers, carnival acts, and hustlers of the city’s feverish and surreal night life, he became the rare gaijin, or outsider, who is allowed in.

A Tokyo Romance is a beautifully written, funny, and deeply touching portrait of a young writer and the city that shaped him.

Ian Buruma is the editor of The New York Review of Books. He is also the author of Their Promised Land: My Grandparents in Love and War and a novel,The China Lover, among many other books.


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