168 page approx
Paperback book with glossy dustjacket.
Okay, we don't carry a lot of manga on this site (okay, actually, we carry none), but this comic is the real deal even to dumdums like us. Perverted, smart, sophisticated, funny. For fans of Crumb, Doucet, Matt who feel modern comics are bleached of the darker parts of human nature. These books are in English but were published in Japan, so they have all the virtues you find in Japanese printing like excellent pulpy paper, deep inks, and those cool glossy dustjackets. These are beautiful little books of great comics.
Official synopsis below:
Initially serialized in Japanese in the pages of Weekly Manga Times from May 18, 1979 until April 2, 1993, the work was hugely popular and subsequently collected into 35 volumes by the Japanese publisher Houbunsha. Total sales of Dokudami Tenement are recorded at 5 million copies. The series is currently out of print, however e-book volumes have been published.
Set in Tokyo during the 1980s, the work explores and deals with many subcultures and social issues that were prominent at the time, such as Japanese traditional customs, yakuza, recreational drug use, drug addicts, infidelity, fetishism, alcoholism, poverty, and isolation. Takashi Fukutani stated a number of times that the stories, characters, and settings in Dokudami Tenement are semi-autobiographical and are based on his own life experiences during his time in the towns of Asagaya, and Koenji (both located in Suginami-ku, West Tokyo).
The series depicts the highs and lows a young man named Yoshio who is employed as a day laborer in civil construction sites during the Japanese asset price bubble period.
Dokudami is the Japanese name for Houttuynia Cordata, a flowering plant native to Japan. It is often considered a weed and grows in damp and shady places. 'Doku' is also the word for poison in Japanese.