Many books inspired me to become a traveller. I often trace their route.

Master Keaton

by Naoki Urasawa

Master Keaton is a Japanese series of comic book and those have been translated in English. Taichi Keaton is a part-time professor and an insurance investigator. He often meets strange incidents and solves it by making use of his experience in the SAS. In fact, he wants to study archaeology. He sometimes seems a little distant, actually that’s what makes him so cute.

Keaton travell lots of different places at work, so I’d like to go there someday. BTW, I share the same first name as Keaton.

Midnight Express

by Kotaro Sawaki

Midnight Express inspires me to travel the world over. Kotaro Sawaki wrote his journey from Hong Kong to London by Bus. There are so many freaks in Japan, and many of them traced his route. Of course, so do I. And I sympathized his twenties’ young melting mood.

BTW, this book was only written by Japanese, but I found his article in English. Link: The Japan Times

Investment Biker

by Jim Rogers

Jim Rogers is a very famous adventure capitalist and he travelled around the world by bike. He usually goes deep into the market while travelling in order to realize local life and business confidence. Although I can’t begin to compete with his experience, I’d like to feel the local business atmosphere.

BTW, I’ve shaken hands with him when he came to Japan to give a lecture.

The Culture Map

by Kotaro Sawaki

A wonderful book. Erin Meyer explains the cultural differences, especially on business setting such as Low/High-context, Egalitarian, Hierarchical, Consensual and Top-down. I am interested in the cultural differences regarding a risk attitude. For instance, most Western companies basically manage their risk by themselves, but many Japanese companies don’t want to spend a fortune on risk management.

BTW, I introduce this book to second-year university students every year in my class.

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