Giri and Ninjo: Japan’s Enduring Mystery

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Katsu Kawaminami, a Japanese surfer in Guam hitchhikes a ride from Guam to Japan with Tor Johnson. Since Katsu introduced Johnson to Japanese surfing, he had a fascination with Japan and learned the Japanese language. He returned to Japan in search of surf that is fickle from typhoon swell, but rewarding when it arrives. Story covers Japanese surf and culture such as wave pools, surf shops, food and localism.