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In his introduction to this anthology of 13 stories, Pete Hamill recalls his first impressions of Tokyo, a disorienting sensory assault that was, nonetheless, “eerily familiar.” Published almost 30 years ago, touches of prescience haunt the experiences of his characters.

In “Samurai,” anticipating the fixation with manga, anime and gaming, he depicts a young American whose vision of Japan is dictated by the warrior films of Akira Kurosawa. In “A Blues for Yukiko,” Big Boy Carter, a blind musician visiting Tokyo, encounters obstacles communicating with his female interpreter, finding that cultural differences, even when mutually fathomable, may not always be reconcilable.

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