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TOPPAMONO: Outlaw. Radical. Suspect. My Life in Japan's Underworld by Miyazaki Manabu, Robert Whiting (Foreword).



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Shibuya, Tokyo

Miyazaki gives an account of yakuza life and business at the end of Shoko Tendo's bestselling Yakuza Moon: Memoirs of a Gangster's Daughter. Yakuza Moon

Lunch with the FT: Manabu Miyazaki

'Miyazaki's conversation bristles with humour and social analysis, his eyes rarely without a mischievous twinkle. Born in Kyoto in 1945, his story mirrors that of postwar Japan much as the protagonist of Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children reflects the history of independent India. His life began with rationing and deprivation, progressed to student radicalism in the 1960s and climaxed in the wild years of the 1980s bubble when wealthy clients tipped their favourite bar hostesses thousands of dollars.' - FINANCIAL TIMES, August 8, 2008

Toppamono review: 'the book effectively captures the inner workings, as well as the cultural peculiarities, of the postwar Japanese underworld, student radical factionalism, and the less savory though dialectically crucial underbelly of its economic prosperity' - Journal for the Study of Radicalism, Spring 2008
[January 28, 2008]

Toppamono - FREE Full Chapter 2, Part II "Wriggling in Money Hell" is available in PDF. Download and read it now!
[January 4, 2008]

Toppamono - FREE Full Chapter 6, Part II "The Taste of a Bullet" is available in PDF. Download and read it now!
[August 19, 2007]

Toppamono - FREE Full Chapter 1, Part I "My Family" is available in PDF.
[January 31, 2007]

Toppamono review: 'The story of one of Japan's most interesting characters of the last half century.' - KANSAI TIME OUT, February 2006

Toppamono review: 'Miyazaki emerges by turns as feisty, unapologetic, open, curious, an individualist and outspoken, which surely help to explain why this well-translated autobiography has sold over 600,000 copies in the vernacular. ' - The Japan Times, January 22, 2006.

  Manabu Miyazaki appeared at Tokyo's Good Day Books to give a lecture followed by a book signing on December 11, 2005.

Toppamono review: 'A sordid story that is told uncommonly well, turning over rocks of the Japanese Establishment to reveal what comes crawling out. ' - Wall Street Journal Asia, December 2, 2005.

Toppamono review: '...Miyazaki is not afraid to express his thoughts about Japanese society - in fact he clearly enjoys getting in people's faces.' - Metropolis, December 2, 2005.

Manabu Miyazaki made a special presentation for the American Chamber of Commerce at the Tokyo American Club on November 25, 2005.

'Thoroughbred yakuza' survives suspicion, shootout' - International Herald tribune/Asahi, October 22, 2005, features Manabu Miyazaki, author of Toppamono.

To mark the publication in English of his best-selling autobiography, Toppamono, author Manabu Miyazaki held a press conference at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan in Tokyo on September 30, 2005.


Just Released in North America
- TOPPAMONO: Outlaw. Radical. Suspect. My Life in Japan's Underworld by Miyazaki Manabu, Robert Whiting (Foreword).
[September 30, 2005]

Japanzine Book Review - Mapping the Tibetan World: "It is easy to see why this book has consistently been top-ranked on the Amazon website. It is a comprehensive, detailed and enjoyable read, providing any and all information a traveler to the region would need."
[May 23, 2004]

Borders USA starts stocking Kotan's titles. You can locate a store in your area and order copies online for in-store pickup; Mapping the Tibetan World and The Shore Beyond Good and Evil.
[October 19, 2003]

In USA and Canada, Kotan's books are now distributed exclusively to the trade by Tuttle Publishing. Please contact Tuttle at (800) 526-2778 for further information. All orders (in USA and Canada) can be sent directly to Tuttle Publishing at: Airport Industrial Park, 364 Innovation Dr., North Clarendon,VT 05759- 9436 or faxed to (800) 329-8885.
[September 12, 2003]