The book is about the 1995 Aum Shinrikyo sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway and is made up of a series of interviews with individuals who were affected by the attacks, and with members of Aum, the religious cult responsible for the attacks. The interviews highlight many intriguing aspects of the Japanese psyche. Work was a high, if not central, priority for most of the interviewees. Isolation, individualism, and lack of communication were also strong themes which were common throughout many accounts of the attacks. Many of the interviewees expressed disillusionment with the materialism in Japanese society and the sensationalistic media, as well as the inefficiency of the emergency response system in dealing with the attack.
Underground is a book by Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
- Learn about the many intriguing aspects of the Japanese psyche.
- Visit Japan from the nineties.