31 Months in Japan: The Building of a Theme Park Available in Paperback, Hardcover and e-book Now

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Universal Studios Japan™ was the first and, to date, only theme park to open ahead of schedule and under budget. This is the story of how that feat was accomplished. The authors’ debut effort, published by iUniverse, Inc., is their first-hand account of the events and people who made it happen.

Universal Studios Japan™ was the first and, to date, only theme park to open ahead of schedule and under budget. This is the story of how that feat was accomplished. The authors’ debut effort, published by iUniverse, Inc., is their first-hand account of the events and people who made it happen.

31 Months in Japan: The Building of a Theme Park combines interesting details and behind-the-scenes descriptions of how magic is made in the entertainment industry with the challenges and frustrations of adapting to a foreign lifestyle. After spending nearly three years in Japan during the construction of the Universal Studios® theme park in Osaka, authors Larry K. and Lorna Collins share the funny, frustrating, touching and sometimes difficult events of that experience.

“I was lost, thoroughly lost, in a country where I neither read the signs nor spoke much of the language. I was just trying to get to a dentist. The crown on my front tooth had fallen out the day before, and English-speaking friends had recommended their Harvard-trained doctor. I called his office and made an appointment for that afternoon. Then I boarded the train…”

So begins the adventure as the reader shares the experience of being foreign—and confused. Discover the challenges and frustrations of building a world-class entertainment venue outside the United States. Enjoy their discovery of the beauty and the people of Japan. Share the laughter, tears, surprise and final triumph as the park is completed. Meet fascinating characters like Jurassic Jack, the Nihon Cowboy and Dote-san through their eyes.

31 Months in Japan – the Building of a Theme Park is the first book which addresses the experience of Americans working in the entertainment industry on a foreign construction jobsite. It recounts the challenge of meetings where everything is translated while following the formal Japanese business style when the American objective is to achieve a creative guest experience. The funny and touching personal remembrances will be of particular interest to those visiting or intending to live or work in Japan, people doing business with the Japanese, theme park aficionados and anyone with a sense of adventure.

Larry K. Collins and Lorna Collins are residents of Dana Point, California who found themselves involved in the design for a theme park to be built in Osaka, Japan. Larry was the Project Engineer for the Jurassic Park, WaterWorld and JAWS attractions and the related shops, restaurants and other facilities. Lorna was the Document Control Specialist in the Osaka office. They had worked together previously and enjoyed sharing this experience.

31 Months in Japan – the Building of a Theme Park is now available in hardcover, trade paperback and e-book through all major online book sellers and directly from the publisher. ISBN: 0-595-34584-0 HC ISBN: 0-595-67133-0 PDF EISBN: 0-595-79331-2

Learn about the adventure of living and working in Japan from two expatriates who did it. Learn about the behind-the-scenes challenges of creating a world-class American-style entertainment venue in a very different place. Meet interesting characters and learn about the friends the authors made. Share in the fun and frustration of 31 months in a strange land.

A few five-star reviews of 31 Months in Japan: The Building of a Theme Park: Rebecca Brown of Rebeccas Reads says: Rebeccasreads highly recommends 31 MONTHS IN JAPAN as a must for anyone planning on traveling to or working in Japan. Heather Froeschl of BookReview.com said: Whether readers are interested in the building of theme parks or immersion into a different culture, the book is an intriguing read. Kelli Glesige of Reader Views said: The Collins eagerly and enthusiastically share with us their experiences of Japan.

Contact authors Larry & Lorna Collins at 949-240-3477 or Cell: 949-633-1370 or 949-633-1381 ot email: 31months@cox.net

Contact: Lorna Collins

Phone: 949-240-3477

Cell: 949-633-1370

25441 Neptune Drive Dana Point, CA 92629

Email: 31months@cox.net

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