Angry White Pyjamas

Angry White Pyjamas

By Robert Twigger

  • Release Date : 2010-06-03
  • Genre : Travel Writing
  • FIle Size : 1.14 MB
Score: 4.5
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Angry White Pyjamas A brilliant and captivating insight into the bizarre nature of contemporary Japan.

Adrift in Tokyo, teaching giggling Japanese highschool girls how to pronounce Tennyson correctly, Robert Twigger came to a revelation about himself: he'd never been fit. In a bid to escape the cockroach infestation and sweaty squalor of a cramped apartment in Fuji Heights, Twigger sets out to cleanse his body and his mind. Not knowing his fist from his elbow the author is sucked into the world of Japanese martial arts, and the brutally demanding course of budo training taken by the Tokyo Riot Police, where any ascetic motivation soon comes up against blood-stained dogis and fractured collarbones.

In Angry White Pyjamas Robert Twigger skilfully blends the ancient with the modern - the ultra-traditionalism, ritual and violence of the dojo (training academy) with the shopping malls, nightclubs and scenes of everyday Tokyo life in the twenty-first century - to provide an entertaining and captivating glimpse of contemporary Japan.


  • Angry White Pyjamas

    By Esprit1515
    As a relatively new Aikidoka (and former English Police Riot Officer) this book was simply brilliant and something I would unreservedly recommend.
  • Great read! Shame about the copy editing.

    By Tomosan2888
    A really engaging read. Twigger is a natural writer and his observations are fantastically honest. He has resisted the usual travellers cliches and veneer of idiosyncrasy. On a less positive note, I was disappointed at the quality of the printing. This work is full of typos such as 'rather' instead of 'father'.