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Angry White Pyjamas

Book Summary:

Angry White Pyjamas is an autobiography subtitled in numerous ways, including "A Scrawny Oxford Poet Takes Lessons from the Tokyo Riot Police." It details just over a year in the life of the author, Robert Twigger (who genuinely is a prize-winning poet educated at Oxford), as he takes the Yoshinkan Hombu Dojo's year-long senshusei course (which again, is genuinely the course taken by the Tokyo Riot Police). Told in the form of a linear narrative primarily involving the author, it presents more the "spirit" of the senshusei course as Twigger experienced it rather than details of the technical curriculum. Along the way it also provides anecdotes involving many major figures of the Yoshinkan Hombu Dojo in the early 1990s. Twigger also includes stories about his impressions of contemporary Japan outside of the Aikido context. The book is classified as Memoirs/Travel on the back cover.

This book has been produced in numerous editions, and can be found with several different examples of cover art.

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