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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Japan Ai by Aimee Major Steinberger

Title: Japan Ai: A tall girl's adventures in Japan
Author: Aimee Major Steinberger
ISBN: 9781933617831
Publisher: Go! Comi

"In Japanese, "Ai" means "Love" - and if you love Japan, get ready to dive head0first into the incredible world of Japanese pop-culture!

Join Aimee Major Steinberger (a professional animator with a passion for all things cute) on the ultimate otaku vacation! Visit fantasy restaurants, maid cafes, and the world's most exclusive doll store! Cosplay on the infamous Harajuku Street! Attend an outrageous all-female Takarazuka musical! See beautiful shrines, hot springs, stores full of manga, and so much more!
Aimee captures it all in a manga journal that is both adorable and breathtaking!"
I really didn't have any idea what this book was like when I got it for our collection, but it's so awesome! It's almost a travel guide to Japan for anyone who is into manga or cosplay. It details all of the places the author went, the food she ate, the crazy people she saw... and much more. It's probably the best kind of travel guide there could ever be.
The illustrations vary from hilarious to fairly pretty (of some of the people/places). Her descriptions are pretty humorous as well - just because she was constantly hitting the height and size issue.
I would recommend this to absolutely anyone. Period. More specifically the anime/manga lovers - which is almost all of the teens around here. And middle school and up would be best. Adults should pick it up, just because it's so cute! :D
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