Hitching Rides With Buddha

Hitching Rides With Buddha

A Journey Across Japan

Book - 2005
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With the same fervour they have for outlandish game shows and tiny gadgets, the Japanese go nuts each spring when the cherry blossoms sweep from island to island towards the country's northerly tip. Ferguson, after way too much sake, announced he would be the first person to follow the blossom's progress end to end. To make it a challenge worth doing, he'd hitchhike, resulting in a journey full of misadventures and revelations.
Publisher: Toronto : A.A. Knopf Canada, 2005.
Edition: Canadian ed.
ISBN: 9780676976984
Characteristics: 410 p. :,maps ;,24 cm.


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Oct 31, 2015

Very insightful and fun to read about. Are we, as travellers, always outsiders looking in? It would be hard not to feel that way. Would be interesting to get a woman's perspective if any women out there have been as adventurous in their travels as he.

sapl3 Sep 06, 2012

Staff Review from St. Albert Summer Reading Game 2012:

I enjoyed the humor. The short chapters lends itself well to be read in short intervals, for example, when I'm waiting for the water to boil so I can make a cup of tea. :) The book provides an interesting look into Japan, its culture and people.

Jul 02, 2011

A trip down memory lane. He really hits the mark for what it feels like to be an expat in Japan. If you are planning on going to Japan to work or live I definitely recommend this book.

May 09, 2011

Found this to be a very insightful book into the lives of the Japanese. The humor in it was also very good. Also enjoyed the short chapters since I have a little one and can't read for very long.

Nov 09, 2010

Really good travel piece, both his and yours. Small chapters make it easy to set down and pick up. I needed three or four book marks to keep track of the maps.

Oct 15, 2010

I have read this book twice and I suspect that I will pick it up again in the future. It is a very entertaining and insightful look at Japan and her people.


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Oct 31, 2015

An inescapably funny story about an outsider looking in

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