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by Larry K Collins

31 Months in Japan: The Building of a Theme Park is the story of two Southern Californians embarking on the adventure of a lifetime: moving to Japan to participate in the construction of the Universal Studios Japan® theme park. Join authors Larry K. & Lorna Collins on an odyssey into a foreign culture where they are often misunderstood and frequently confused. Discover the challenges and frustrations of building a world-class entertainment venue outside the United States. Enjoy the adventure as they discover the beauty and the people of Japan. Share their laughter, tears, surprise and final triumph as the park is completed ahead of schedule and under budget. Meet fascinating characters like Jurassic Jack, the Nihon Cowboy and Dote-san through their eyes.31 Months in Japan: The Building of a Theme Park combines interesting details and behind-the-scenes descriptions of how magic is made in the entertainment industry with funny and touching personal remembrances. The stories will be of particular interest to those visiting or intending to live or work in Japan, people doing business with the Japanese, theme park aficionados and anyone with a sense of adventure.
Download 31 Months in Japan: The Building of a Theme Park epub
ISBN: 0595671330
ISBN13: 978-0595671335
Category: Travel
Subcategory: Asia
Author: Larry K Collins
Language: English
Publisher: iUniverse, Inc. (April 13, 2005)
Pages: 234 pages
ePUB size: 1470 kb
FB2 size: 1783 kb
Rating: 4.4
Votes: 464
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I guess I went into this book expecting lots of hard details and information about building a theme park in Japan. While there was a limited amount of that information, the majority of it detailed dated (as of 2015) information about living in Japan. Keep it mind that it also reads very much like a diary - topics jump around very quickly and the two "voices" of the book are easy to mix up if your not paying attention.

Overall if you are into Japan and Themeparks it is probably worth a read, but just be aware of what you are getting into.
This book accurately captures the experience of the working expat in Japan - coping with culture clashes in the office as well as adjustment pains in a foreign land. Larry and Lorna Collins tell the story of their trip to build Universal Studios Japan - the preparation, the work, the life in Japan and then the return.

As a reader with similar experiences, there were many, "The same thing happened to me" moments as they peeled the onion of Japanese culture, encountering and then digging through stereotypes. The book also provided quite a few "I wish I knew that back then" lessons. The old Japanese hand will also note the odd ironic event here and there, for example, being complimented on using chopsticks is a universal experience.

The mix of good nature and naive wonder experienced by Larry and Lorna come through strong. Perhaps the sincerity is why they made so many connections. Of course the cultural cynic won't be able to finish the book.

Worth the read, and makes me want to return to Japan.
I was utterly charmed by the experiences related from the viewpoint of the author husband and author wife. Not only were the glimpses of the Japanese culture intriguting and fascinating, but I was also awed by the descriptions of the different places visited by the authors. The insights into the actual building of a theme park in a foreign land kept me turning pages.

Having had the opportunity to see the authors at the recent Epicon made it even more interesting as I could imagine them as I read their words.

This is definitely a book for anyone who likes to read about new places and learn more about a different culture from first hand sources.

Thank you for many pleasant reading hours.

Marilyn Meredith, author of Wingbeat, latest in the Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery series.
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Larry and Lorna paint a very accurate and heart felt story of working in a foreign country and culture.
They show that through acceptance and not resistance, that all things are attainable. The intricacies of building a theme park, a small city from scratch , were fascinating . The example of Jurassic Mark and the newly trimmed "old growth" is the ultimate in grasping Japanese concepts. This short book is a must read for anyone contemplating working with a different culture.
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As an expat myself, Thailand and Iran, I could relate to Lorna and Larry's culture shock, inability to get their English thoughts across to Japanese-speaking people, and faux pas galore. The book tells the story of trying--and succeeding--to build a theme park for the Japanese with language difficulties and culture differences. How Larry managed to get his engineering-ideas across to complete this project , he had to have the patience of Job. Just the cultural clashes in the office were enough to make most men go running with passport in hand. I loved how Larry let you watch (read) the ongoing building of the theme park, and Lorna kept you right with her as she came up against culture adjustments and dealt with them with humor. The building of Universal Studios, Japan, is a great read, an educational read and makes you wish you'd been there with them.
Rebeccasreads highly recommends 31 MONTHS IN JAPAN as a must for anyone planning on traveling to or working in Japan. It teaches about & shows a very different lifestyle, & how our American ways of doing things can make for both funny & embarrasing moments. Throughout, you sense the authors' excitement, their appreciation of beauty, hard work & friendship.

Elegantly presented, in simple & brief language, 31 MONTHS IN JAPAN tells the saga of how Larry & Lorna Collins got there, the inevitable culture clashes, setting up house, social gaffes, typhoons, festivals & construction woes, together with photographs of the team.

A unique & engaging read.
...this amazing story gave me a chance to experience a new country, a new culture. And it swept me along on the author-couple's journey. It was a totally joy and I highly recommend it!
This is a unique opportunity to learn about the trials faced and joys experienced by business professionals entering into another country to build a theme park. The book describes the journey that Larry and Lorna took from monsoons to tea houses and from surfing to theme park rides. I enjoyed learning about the customs and found myself wondering if I could have weathered the adventure as well as they did.

The book is an easy read and well worth your time to explore these 31 months in Japan while building a theme park.