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Even a robot assistant can’t help you make sense of Japan

The eccentricity of Japan is all-enveloping and inescapable, from bizarre language to dangerous food

Tokyo The late A.A. Gill, in his notorious ‘Mad in Japan’ essay, concluded that the only way you could make sense of Tokyo was to think of it as a vast open-air lunatic asylum, with inmates instead of residents. Gill would have loved Arisa. I don’t think I’ve ever encountered anything more stereotypically Japanese than…

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