Craft Beer In Japan by Mark Meli is an excellent introduction to the world of craft beer that is really taking off in Japan at the moment-so the timing for the book is excellent. After the preface in which he talks about his background and how he first got interested in craft beers, there is a section of Introductory essays. These essay are as follows: 1. A Brief History of Beer in Japan 2. Ji-biru Style 3. Ji-biru and Japanese Cultural Identity 4. The Economics of Beer in Japan 5. Japanese 6. Beer and the Japanese Language 7. Best-of-Lists 8. Ji-biru Festivals.I agree with him on several of his picks for best of beers like Shiga Kogen and Baird. This is followed by a Japanese Craft Brewery Guide, Japan's Major Breweries, and Ji-biru Places. I think he could have included more photos in the Brewery Guide and Ji-biru Places. I think he did a pretty good job on Ji-biru places, but left out some in the Kanto area that I am pretty sure were there before he published. Then again he is not based in Kanto, so that can be forgiven. But I mostly bought this book to learn about places to go when outside Kanto and breweries that I haven't heard of before. Just before this book came out I was at the Watering Hole in Shinjuku and discovered the wonderful beers from Aqula of Akita for the first time, one of Meli's favorites. It is the best guide available, but not without a few minor flaws-I think it's worth the purchase for aficionados.