by Alan Brown 1996
Another novel set in Japan. This is about Toshiyuki Okamoto, born in Hokkaido, and so affected as a child by the sight of Audrey Hepburn's neck in Roman Holiday that he only dates Western women now. It skirts stereotyping Japan, what with demonstrations against foreign rice, and with girls trying out for imperial dates, and so on. But as a novel it is sweetly affecting, and funny in bits.