I’m not sure what’s up with books set in Japan these days. Or maybe I’ve been extremely unlucky. It’s painfully obvious that the authors have never been to Japan, do not understand the culture and/or done all their research by watching anime (or perhaps reading manga).
The most recent one I bought made me livid. Even before I finished the first chapter, I came up with seven things wrong with the characters and setup. If it hadn’t been an ebook, I would’ve returned it and demanded a refund.
Living in Japan does not make your character Japanese. Sipping green tea while eating sashimi does not make your character Japanese. Wearing kimono does not make your character Japanese. And for pity’s sake, speaking broken Japanese in romanji does not make your character Japanese.
Seriously…I’m never wasting my money again on a book set in Japan written by anime fangirls/boys.