One day in the summer of 1998, Lorna Collins stepped off a train into a sea of black heads and realized she was foreign and in Japan to stay. She and her husband, Larry, had relocated to build Universal Studios Japan in Osaka. 31 Months in Japan: the Building of a Theme Park is their account of that experience. While in Japan, they encountered the wonders and frustrationsOne day in the summer of 1998, Lorna Collins stepped off a train into a sea of black heads and realized she was foreign and in Japan to stay. She and her husband, Larry, had relocated to build Universal Studios Japan in Osaka. 31 Months in Japan: the Building of a Theme Park is their account of that experience. While in Japan, they encountered the wonders and frustrations of the culture as well as the challenges of conducting business following foreign formal rituals. As Southern Californians, Japanese customs seemed awkward at first, but eventually they established effective working relationships and personal ones as well. If you enjoy foreign cultures, are curious about the behind-the-scenes workings in the entertainment industry, are interested in the nuances of doing business with the Japanese or simply enjoy reading a well-told and engaging story, 31 Months in Japan is for you. ...
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31 months in japan the building of a theme park Reviews
Very cute and very informative - would occasionally get bogged down by what felt like inside jokes but overall informative about Japan, the ex-pat life and theme park design.
After The Pixar Touch: The Making of a Company, I decided to read a trilogy about theme park design, and stopped at 31 Months in Japan: The Building of a Theme Park, Theme Park Design: Behind The Scenes With An Engineer, and Project Future: The Inside Story Behind the Creation of Disney World. Theme parks are large-scale parks on a given grand topic, such as the entire world of Disney characters in Disneyland or everything aquatic in Waterworld; such a park can easily attract ten million visitors yearly, thus becoming big local industry.31 Months in Japan features the memoir of Larry and Lorna Collins about their three-years adventure building the Universal Studios theme park in Japan. The reader gets to learn quickly about the world of theme parks, from people involved to the process, and definitely to the jargon (taken from theater via movies: customers are "guests"; areas visible to the public are "on stage"; employees are "cast members"; etc.) The technical parts about the theme park are rather shallow in comparison with Theme Park Design: Behind The Scenes With An Engineer, but some of the gory details, such as the chain letter that turns out to be a prank, are interesting.The other theme of 31 Months is relocation or, if you will, working abroad. Lorna, the motherly figure, goes with us through the journey of building a home abroad, while Larry, the engineer, teaches us doing (technical) business with the Japanese. As an expat myself, I found myself drawn into the description of minutiae, not all of which are about Japan. We get lost in translation, but that could happen anywhere just the same. We sigh when we hear about paperwork, but ... From the Japanese things, we learn about the "inconvenient by design" tech (the seven different types of faucets in the rented apartment, for example), the ill treatment of foreign workers, etc. Unfortunately, we also see the world from the idiosyncratic eyes of the middle class American (Californian?).The writing is not top, but there are many readable parts in a reasonably clean presentation. A little structure would have helped, but the interleaved (albeit not always) structure is not that bad.Overall, an interesting read for an expat interested in the decor of the entertainment business.
This story had many similarities to our new life in Japan. It's not an exciting compelling story line but for Ex-pats who have lived in Japan or friends/relatives of ex-pats it's very interesting. It's also good for people who enjoy theme parks, for there is a bit of background information on the making of Universal Studios.
This is the book we wrote about our experience living in Japan building the Universal Studios Theme Park in Osaka. It's 5-star rated on Amazon, so we must have done something right!