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An American family spends a month in a 260-square-foot Tokyo apartment in this humorous food and travel memoir.
An American family spends a month in a 260-square-foot Tokyo apartment in this humorous food and travel memoir.
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    1. Matthew Amster-Burton 2-time creator on June 7, 2014

      Hey, Allen! I'm working on it. Will let you know when I get my hands on it. Glad you like it!

    2. Allen Garvin on June 7, 2014

      The Japanese cover is awesome! Do you have a higher-res image of it? I searched but couldn't find one.

    3. BorgKitten on March 14, 2013

      I agree with Nergal, I love the pictures from the video & would love to see them included if possible throughout or at the end of the ebook.

    4. Matthew Amster-Burton 2-time creator on March 13, 2013

      Adrian, I tried to figure out a way to do this, but it's not possible--I don't control the distribution. I added a FAQ to the project page.

    5. Adrian Drake on March 13, 2013

      Any chance of getting an e-book add-on of Hungry Monkey? I'd love to pay you the $10 directly instead of going through Amazon first.

    6. Nergal, Medicus Pestilenciae de Valoria on March 13, 2013

      Looking at the photos I would love to see them added to the ebook - they are rather nice, and as the book is about personal experiences photos with a personal touch would really add to the feel of the book, if you know what I mean. Maybe a few pages in between the chapters?

    7. Matthew Amster-Burton 2-time creator on March 10, 2013

      Thanks for the compliment, Jeroen. I'll definitely plan to make a photo section on the book's website, with good captions so you can see what goes with what part of the book, and link to that from the back of the book. I agree that it's nice to give readers a chance to see what I'm talking about.

    8. JeroenB on March 10, 2013

      I certainly would not suggest delaying the release to add illustrations -- I was just curious as I find the photographs selected for the Kickstarter page and video generally quite successfully evocative of a particular atmosphere. I think you've picked up some Japanese humility while over there, in regards to your photography skills :).

      I like the idea of providing a selection of photographs on the website, especially if each could be accompanied by some short comments. (That could run the risk of developing into content overlapping with the book, though.) Perhaps at a later stage, post-release, you could put a companion/addendum thingumie together for those who have the book, collecting in the same format a selection of photographs and comments. (Possibly even a home for any scraps of text you liked but had to cut from the main work.)

      But clearly the important part is getting the book done well, the rest would just be a nice addition.

    9. Matthew Amster-Burton 2-time creator on March 10, 2013

      Hello, Jeroen. Thanks for the question. I've wrestled with this question--my initial idea was to have hand drawings accompanying each chapter, but I couldn't figure out what kind of illustrations I was after or how to select (or pay!) an artist. As for photos, I'm just not a very good photographer. Here's a link to a bunch of photos I took on the trip; some of them will definitely appear on the book's website, but I don't think they're good enough to select, say, one per chapter.

      Does that seem fair? At this point I could probably hire an artist, but it would delay the release date.

    10. JeroenB on March 10, 2013

      If memory serves, 'A Year in Provence' is purely text. Which is fine as an approach, but I was wondering whether you are planning to intersperse photographs to enliven the text? Not necessarily 'and-this-is-a-photograph-of-the-restaurant-mentioned-in-the-paragraph-opposite', more to help recreate the atmosphere. Or given the digital nature, perhaps as a separate section or annotated presentation accompanying the book?

    11. Jon Redshaw on March 2, 2013

      After 2 visits in the last 18 months to Japan I am having real pangs to go back, so I am really looking forward to reading this (although I think it will make me want to go back more!) Would love the potential for a hard copy too - although I know that would potentially get quite expensive!

    12. Matthew Amster-Burton 2-time creator on February 24, 2013

      Point taken! I have never had shirako but I know what it is. I'd be happy to try it but didn't make a point of it. Next time I'm in Japan, perhaps you can introduce me. Nattō I like pretty well. I don't eat it regularly for breakfast, but I do occasionally and am always happy to see it in a salad or noodle dish. And nameko are great. Honestly, as a Westerner, the Japanese dishes I find most challenging are 洋食 foods with lots of mayonnaise or ketchup--they remind me of American foods that scared me as a kid! (But really, I'll eat anything.)

    13. Rei Kagetsuki on February 24, 2013

      いかの塩辛 is different from squid eyes in that I have never had it with the eyes of the squid included - so I would say yes it is different. I agree some of our food does look a little scary if you don't know what it is. Also, I'll up you in perceived-grossest-Japanese-food with 白子. I actually had 白子の天ぷら just yesterday.

      Tell me, how did you like 納豆 and なめ茸?

      Good luck with the home stretch! 後もう少しだ!

    14. Matthew Amster-Burton 2-time creator on February 24, 2013

      Hello. Rei. Thanks very much for the comment and for backing my project. I'll definitely keep you in mind if I raise enough to translate the book, which I certainly hope will happen. As far as I'm concerned, Japan is the best place in the world to eat, and that's what this book is about. (Frankly, though, is いかの塩辛 that different from squid eyes? Not that shiokara is an everyday food. :)

    15. Rei Kagetsuki on February 24, 2013

      An employee of mine and I have been considering putting out some sort of series covering what we eat every day here. As we aren't writers and really don't have the time we never got around to it. But whenever we speak with foreigners about food they are always clueless as to what is eaten every day in Japan. Sometimes they'll make assumptions like we eat squid eyes or whatever. I'm glad people like you go ahead and and make books like this help clear things up and show the world our beautiful food culture.

      We do translation, and as you can see from our projects we have artists on staff. If you meet your reach goals or need anything please don't hesitate to ask us.

    16. Rachael Hutchings on February 22, 2013

      I hope you get funded above and beyond! If I could, I'd give you $5,000 straight out. Love your writing and your take on Japan.

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      Wong Kum Yew on February 22, 2013

      I have a love affair with Japan, especially its food, so just had to get my name into the credits. :)

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      Michael Fessler on February 22, 2013

      Most excellent start. Good luck!

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      Mark Musante on February 21, 2013

      Good luck with the kickstarter. Looking forward to reading this!