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A Manga Lover’s Tokyo Travel Guide: My Favorite Things To See and Do in Japan

Tuttle. Aug. 2019. 128p. pap. $14.99. ISBN 9784805315477.
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Gr 4 Up–Authored and illustrated by a Singaporean artist who has lived and studied in both America and Japan, this manga-style volume is part Tokyo guidebook, part travel memoir. An outsider who is nevertheless very familiar with Japan, Neo relays practical tips (how to buy a subway card, hot springs etiquette) and advises readers on the best places to shop, where to find reasonably priced sushi, what’s it’s like to visit a butler café, and more. Though manga and anime fans may be the target audience, this volume has plenty to offer even those who have minimal knowledge of Japanese comics and have no immediate plans to visit Tokyo. Neo’s vivid illustrations are expressive and engaging, and the text is straightforward and easy to digest. Whether readers are interested in pop culture attractions featuring Hello Kitty or shrines and temples, they’ll appreciate this work.
VERDICT Informative, appealing, and much more fun than your typical travel guide

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