Inspired by his son's interest in Japanese comics, prize-winning novelist Peter Carey decided to investigate the ways in which traditional Japanese culture can still be discerned in the manga and animated films which obsess modern Japan.
Read by Jonathan Hyde.In Tokyo, nothing is what they expect it to be.
Peter and Charley begin their adventures in Tokyo in traditional cartoon style, meeting gangsters and swordsmen.
The mystery of Takashi's peculiar dress code is finally solved, and Charley is exposed to the real Japan - much to his distress.
The author and his son, Charley, are honoured to meet the great anime creator, Mr Tomino.
Someone who confounds all their expectations...
For Peter and Charley, the real Japan is still as elusive as ever.
Then suddenly, as if by accident, a hero appears.