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A foreigner’s adventures in 1970s Japan

Ian Buruma performed in slapstick theatre and filmed a whisky advert with Akira Kurosawa

By Emily Finch   June 2018
Tokyo at night

Tokyo at night

As a young man in his twenties, Ian Buruma chose to make 1970s Tokyo his home. In his new memoir, Buruma, a well-known author and now editor of the New York Review of Books, chronicles in lurid detail his times as a lowly photographer capturing the avant-garde theatre scene, and describes the artists who tolerated his presence. The author is the first to admit that he was always an outsider, and Tokyo Romance

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