a terrific book recommended to me by nobuko, who's full of good ideas. it's by illustrator junko uchizawa. the title means something like an illustrated guide to middle-aged males. there are 71 specimens in the book with notes on where they were spotted and what they are like. a lot of them are on trains or near stations around tokyo which makes me giggle to think of the illustrator loitering and stalking middle-aged men. i've been working on drawings of people asleep on trains lately so i know how that goes.
a lot of them seem kind of strange and cut a pretty pathetic figure. nobuko mentioned that the text is pretty funny so i'll get out my dictionary later and have a go. this looks like a good book for students of japanese because there seem to be a lot of furigana and pictures always help.
you can buy it here (i ordered it last night and it arrived today!) but i'm not sure if they ship outside of japan. or go ask for it at your local kinokuniya. it's called oyajigaki, chuunen dansei zukan. you never know.