Review: Japan

Title: Japan

 Author:  Charles Phillips

Publisher:  National Geographic

This book was a lot like the last Japan book that I reviewed. It talked about the Ainu of Hokkaido (Japan’s first people) and the samurais and the shoguns and the trading with the U.S. The one thing that all of the books did not talk about were the ninjas. This concerns me because the publisher of this book was National Geographic and I know for certain that the ninjas were Japanese. I learned about fugu which is a fish that has poisonous organs and that people die every year from eating carelessly prepared fugu. This book is also part of a series called Countries of the World. My favorite section in this book is the history section. It talks about the samurai, emperors, farmers, religions, wars, and the trading with other countries. This book was the longest and most informative book about Japan that I have read so far.

Posted by: Fred Reads

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  1. Fred, you said above that, “The one thing that all of the books did not talk about were the ninjas. This concerns me because the publisher of this book was National Geographic and I know for certain that the ninjas were Japanese.”

    Why does the publisher being National Geographic make a difference concerning the “completeness” of the book?

    Why do you think the authors and publishers of these books about Japan are consistently leaving out the ninjas?

    • Fred Reads

      The reason it concerns me is because National Geographic is a very high – ranking educational society and they should know that ninjas are Japanese and should a least write a paragraph about them. I do not think that the authors are leaving out ninjas on purpose but it is getting annoying.

      • Take a look at the “authors note” as often as you can. Maybe the author explains why they included or specificity didn’t include a certain topic.

        Nonfiction books sometimes also have “further reading” lists near the index or bibliography, check there as well. All this stuff is that we call “back matter” of a book. Most people don’t read the back matter, but it tends to answer a lot of questions, or give insight as to why the book was written.

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