JAPAN JAUNT #1: $2, 8 ½” x 11”, photocopied, 15 pgs.

May 08, 2013

Wow. Okay. An incredibly strange and formally written zine about traveling in Japan. It includes very detailed instructions on how to ride trains there, and how to purchase train tickets at the airport, down to which touchscreens you’ll need to view. Also, there’s a comprehensive list of which bars in Tokyo and Yokohama sell craft beer and where to get ramen. Most disturbingly, this is followed by a play-by-play report on a soccer match and a very extensive list of the best places to buy Japanese porn (including the “consensual non-consensual” variety) and how best to package them in your suitcase back to the U.S. The advice here is, uh, very thorough, to say the least. The author has been a member of the Central Electric Railfans’ Association since 1978. This is one of those zines you want to gently set down and slowly walk away from without turning your back. –Keith Rosson (S. Derose, 4821 W. Fletcher St., Chicago, IL 60641-5113)