Author: Oyama Shiro

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Book:A Man with No Talents

A Man with No Talents: Memoirs of a Tokyo Day Laborer

Oyama Shiro, Edward Fowler

San’ya, Tokyo’s largest day-laborer quarter and the only one with lodgings, had been Oyama Shiro’s home for twelve years when he took up his pen and began writing about his life as a resident of Tokyo’s most notorious neighborhood. After completing a university education, Oyama entered the business workforce and appeared destined to walk the same path as many a “salaryman.” A singular temperament and a deep loathing of conformity, however, altered his career trajectory dramatically. Oyama left his job and moved to Osaka, where he lived for three years. Later he returned to the corporate world but fell out of it again, this time for good. After spending a short time on the streets around Shinjuku, home to Tokyo’s bustling entertainment district, he moved to San’ya in 1987, at the age of forty.

Oyama acknowledges his eccentricity and his inability to adapt to corporate life. Spectacularly unsuccessful as a salaryman…[more]

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