Kodansha International, 2002, first edition, hardcover with d/w, pp 227, 8vo.
In this eloquent and often deliciously amusing book, Howard Hibbett sets out to prove that, in its own way, Japanese humour is just as robust and varied as other people’s. Hibbett’s study begins in the mists of legends when the Sun Goddess, sulking in a cave, is supposed to have been lured out by the laughter of lesser gods and continues right up to the sense of fun which re-emerged after the war in the postwar vaudeville and films and comic books. Any number of solemn books have been written about the “Japanese character” which ultimately is the subject of this book as well. But here is one that, while it informs, never fails to entertain.
Both book and dust wrapper are in very good+ condition. Pages very clean and unmarked. Binding tight. Looks unused.