Tokyo: Bukkumansha, 2002. Paperback. 220p., text in Japanese, illustrated with photos, very good paperback in pictorial wraps;.
Author is a professional motor-boat racer, born in Osaka. The book explains the author’s early sense of being male in spite of being born biologically female and traces his successful attempt to relaunch his racing career as a man. Throughout the autobiography, the author frames his Gender-Identity Disorder as a disease and explains how he has received a diagnosis from a doctor (there is a publisher’s disclaimer about this choice of phrasing). The designation as a disease provides the grounds upon which the author mounts a successful attempt to change his gender with the authorities running the Japanese motor boat competition, allowing the author to participate in the motorboat races as a male athlete.