Speed Tribes: Days and Nights with Japan's Next Generation

Speed Tribes Days and Nights with Japan s Next Generation This foray into the often violent subcultures of Japan dramatically debunks the Western perception of a seemingly controlled and orderly society
  • Title: Speed Tribes: Days and Nights with Japan's Next Generation
  • Author: Karl Taro Greenfeld
  • ISBN: 9780060926656
  • Page: 129
  • Format: Paperback
  • Speed Tribes: Days and Nights with Japan's Next Generation
    This foray into the often violent subcultures of Japan dramatically debunks the Western perception of a seemingly controlled and orderly society.
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  • Karl Taro Greenfeld

    I m the author of six books, including the recent novel Triburbia, the story collection NowTrends, the memoir Boy Alone and the Japanese youth culture collection Speed Tribes

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  • For those who think of Japan as wholly tradition bound, pristine and conformist, this book paints a very different picture Through chapter long vignettes, each following a different person for a brief time, it captures the disaffected, alienated and, in some cases criminal, youth of Japan Written in the early 90s, the book is interesting in that it likely was chronicling the front end of a problem that still exists today young Japanese who feel out of touch with the expectations of the society i [...]


  • suggestively linked vignettes that confront the question, is it innocent Anglo Saxon Westerners being seduced by the corrupt Japan or innocent sober Japanese being seduced by the drug addled foreigner meditation on appearances vs reality, living in the moment vs planning for the future, the potential of the individual vs the cohesion of the group Greenfeld dog whistles or winks at the Japan insider with little twists of phrase, demonstrating an insider s knowledge of what the people know and wha [...]


  • A collection of newspaper articles from the author on various aspects of Japanese society that usually are ignored by the mainstream motorcycle gangs bosozoku, that s where the title comes from speed tribes , small time youth criminals, low ranking Yakuza, independent drug dealers, party girls, foreign hostess girls, criminal far right nationalists Neonazis , apathetic elite university students, etc There s an undercurrent of anger in some of those articles, especially the one on uni students th [...]


  • Creative Non Fiction should be recognized as a genre by the US Library of Congress Calling this book a collection of case studies denigrates the work of historians and sociology That being said, this book is entertaining, some of the pieces so than others I wanted it to be Fruits in prose but it s not At least not entirely The story of the Map Maker and the one about Choco Bon Bon make the book worth picking up for anyone interested in reading about smuggling and porn, respectively.The last one [...]


  • I absolutely destroyed this book in less than two days It s a very easy read that keeps your interest and allows you to build reading momentum Having lived in Japan since 2006 as an English teacher I m returning this summer I found it especially interesting, because I ve had first hand contact with some of the subcultures that are described here the right wingers blaring slogans with loudspeaker equipped trucks, otaku, etc That being said, some of the information seems a bit dated For example, t [...]


  • Seamy is all right when it s backed up by gritty detail, but this entertaining but slight sociological foray into many of Japan s disaffected youth scenes wants all of the grime with none of the shoe leather In its style and narrative, it s William Gibson than Donald Richie I love William Gibson, but he s a fiction writer, not an anthropologist or journalist, and is also informed by a pulp crime aesthetic that s at odds with some of the stories Greenfeld is trying to tell in this book I can t t [...]


  • Alternately compelling and sloppy, but always lurid, Speed Tribes original sub title was something like The Children of The Bubble It was meant to chart young Japan after the economic bubble of the 1980s popped and left their parents wondering why they weren t rich any It does that, I guess, never having been to Japan Greenfeld, who is half Japanese, is seriously about telling you how messed up Japan is and he s always searching for that borderline between the absurd and the pathological, but it [...]


  • This was very interesting I loved seeing this side of Japan The writing style was also very captivating Greenfeld did a fantastic job creating the setting and building up theses real characters This books is like journalistic approach but it reads like fiction I m also curious to know if things are still very similar ten years later It s a book I think anyone should read if you re at all interested in Japan.


  • Compelling copy about underground subcultures, crime and disaffected youths in late 80s early 90s Japan, in a series of vignettes following a person each To me, this is the non fiction version of Ikebukuro West Gate Park by Ishida Ira and its TV adaptation, down to the very subjects and topics covered The way the book itself is constructed is very cool it starts at the top of the food chain, with a yakuza entrepreneur, moves on to the head of a biker gang yakuza recruitment ground , then to the [...]


  • On the one hand, it was interesting and kept me reading On the other, the sensationalism and the numerous little wrong bits, whether due to editing or author error or both, made me read this entire thing while at the same time giving it a massive side eye It should definitely be read with a boulder sized grain of salt, and an awareness of the intended audience I definitely would not recommend it to anyone who doesn t know anything about Japan, but I fear that IS the intended audience.


  • Karl Taro gave the reader a glimpse of the Japanese youth in a fascinating way He crafted several stories to highlight the different aspects of Japan s new youth This made for an interesting read that opened me up to a fascinating world There was a lot that I did not know about Japan and what it was like to grow up there Speed Tribes stands as a unique book that highlights an important topic It also highlighted how many of the Japanese youth fall through the cracks of a well balanced society Thi [...]


  • More like three and a half starsSlightly dated 94 by now, but still well stocked with fascinating material about Fringe Japan, from the motorbike punks to the salaryman bar hostesses, from the yakuza wiseguys to the otaku, the computer hackers Each chapter a different outing with a different subgroup, all of whom the author seems to have befriended for at least a while There is no doubt an unresolved question with a project like this one, resting on the ethics of representing a fairly conservati [...]


  • Dall Oriente con furoreAccozzaglia sensazionalistica di storiacce ad effetto sul Giappone come luogo dell apocalisse postmoderna, della distruzione dell individualit , della morte della cultura qualunque cosa sia la cultura , delle perversioni psicosessuali pi bizzarre e via sclerando.Taglio molto giornalistico per soddisfare la mai sopita brama voyeuristica verso un esotismo ributtante e seducente al contempo, tristemente inconsapevole della propria caricaturalit , a met strada tra mioddio, ma [...]


  • An occasionally awkward blend of reportage and fact based fiction about Japan s own Generation X I lived in Japan for three years, and although I never encountered any people of the type revealed in these vignettes, nothing I read in these pages conflicts with my own understanding of Japanese society.The final section, about a computer obsessed otaku, is an unfortunate way to end the book It s speculations on the melding of man and machine are overdone further, it falls back on the old cliche of [...]


  • An occasionally awkward blend of reportage and fact based fiction about Japan s own Generation X I lived in Japan for three years, and although I never encountered any people of the type revealed in these vignettes, nothing I read in these pages conflicts with my own understanding of Japanese society.The final section, about a computer obsessed otaku, is an unfortunate way to end the book It s speculations on the melding of man and machine are overdone further, it falls back on the old cliche of [...]


  • An interesting take on the parts of Japanese culture that we don t necessarily hear about from other sources Each chapter focuses on a different aspect of this culture and is explained through the description of routines and events around the lives of Japanese people e.g the chapter on Hostessing is centred around the life of a hostess, and so on This proved to be an efficient way of explaining what things are really like A lot of the facts and figures were astonishing, and though considering th [...]


  • This book has it all Sex, violence, drugs, nerds, hostesses, thiefs, mob enforcers, radical nationalists the list goes on and on The author who had the distinct advantage of being a half Japanese gaijin, fluent in Japanese provides a glimpse of the flipside of model Japanese citizenry through a mosaic of short stories whose characters reside on the outer rims of their society These tales from the darkside almost made me sell my sampler, quit my job, and hop on a plane back in the day, until I re [...]


  • Inspired by Greenfeld s time spent employed and residing in Japan, this unconventional, personal ethnography consistently accurate or not does a spectacular job of perplexing readers cultural, social and moral perceptions of Japan, its youthful and, as significantly, the individual observations of the readers about themselves.


  • it was entertaining enough but at the end of it all there wasn t much to take from it Some people have difficult decisions in Japanese culture and in every culture Maybe Japan itself isn t as interesting as we like to think it is or maybe the characters didn t seem that alive to me but it still held my attention for 20 minutes at a time like the Reader s Digest might drugs sex corruption expectations of family and society The usual I love Japan.


  • A well written, journalistic style set of anecdotes about the various cultures in Japan that go against the usual stereotypes and imagery that are familiar Intriguing and thoughtful, each anecdote deals with an aspect of Japanese life in the form of fictional stories mixed with factual back up and paints a realistic portarit of Japan that is far removed from the tourist promotions and cinema cliche.


  • I think this book provides a good insight into Japan s next Generation and also another aspect of Japanese society The stories are insightful and its interesting, but it would have been good to have photos to go with the different cases and people I just wonder what will happen to Japan in the long run when this generation continues to grow nevertheless a good read.


  • Very nice collection of tales from the economically roaring Japan of the 1990s.The author collects real stories, but re writes them so that the final result could almost be a beautiful collection of short stories that go across the entire japanease society Yakuzas, young hackers, students of prestigious universities, right wing extremists, are all among the protagonists.


  • The first half of the book was much compelling than the second While Greenfeld discussed a number of aspects of modern Japanese society that I hadn t delved into previously, in the end I realised that the Japanese are fundamentally just as bad or good as Americans This is probably an important realisation for a rampant Japanophile


  • A fierce and fun read about Japan s underground culture From the troubled teens to the culturally insensitive, the book flies from case study to case study, documenting the varied issues in the next generation of Japanese Bold and unrelenting, Speed Tribes is a great anthropological look into the uncertain future of one of the world s most diverse cultures.


  • I had a fun time with this book though it was dated The underground cultures in Japan have undoubtedly undergone permutations Nonetheless, the descriptions depicted a side that I had never really experienced while in Japan Some of the Japanese Greenfield used seemed off which also made me wonder how much creative license he took with his vignettes.


  • I found this book a little glib, and the characters unlikeable, and was disappointed that it contained the usual weird errors found in non academic books about Japan Still, a little research showed that some of what I found hard to believe was actually true, so I ll give Mr, Greenfeld a little credit.


  • I read this book a little after I graduated high school and found the book to be pretty interesting The author reports on various subcultures found within the Japanese society What was fascinating was that none of these cultures are really talked about outside of Japan.


  • I heard that about half of it s embellished the author himself had a nasty drug habit, like many of his subjects It s still a fun and quick read, particularly the sections about choco bon bon A movie loosely based on the titular motorcycle gangs is now in the works.


  • Eye opening Greenfeld quickly dispells the myth of an orderly japanese society, providing a glimpse into a diverse set of Japanese subcultures While I only found about half of the studies truly compelling, hence the two star rating, it s still worth the read.


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