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Pauline had a somewhat similar experience to ours, except she was in a small company compound, and we lived in a nearly totally Japanese area. Like us, she attempted to see and learn as much as possible during her stay. I related to many of her experiences.


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However, there were many others which were different. We lived in Takarazuka near Osaka; she was in a small town closer to Tokyo. She mentioned the import company in Kobe; the owners were good friends. For a feel for what it's like to live in Pauline had a somewhat similar experience to ours, except she was in a small company compound, and we lived in a nearly totally Japanese area.

For a feel for what it's like to live in Japan as an expat, this will give you a good idea. It appears that Pauline's husband was very well paid as they were able to travel quite a bit. Travel in Japan is extremely expensive! She was also able to get to many places in Asia during her stay.

They were also able to make home visits twice a year. We were only allowed one, and only at the company's discretion. There were times during construction when travel of any kind was not allowed. A pleasant and personal view of Japan. Mar 08, Linda Meckler rated it it was amazing.

Great book if you are taking a trip to Japan or plan on living there. The author did a fabulous job on descriptions and how she had to adjust to the Japanese roads, language and lifestyle. Tay Mueller rated it liked it Apr 05, Abigail rated it really liked it Jan 22, Megan Waters rated it really liked it Jun 10, Dec 30, Polina rated it it was ok. An easy, interesting read. I read the first half and then just scanned through the rest.

Captivated By rated it it was amazing Aug 23, Javier rated it it was ok Nov 29, LaToya Sloan rated it it was amazing Mar 14, Courtney rated it really liked it Dec 07, Michael Kleiner rated it really liked it Jul 07, Julie Graham rated it really liked it Feb 07, Ladysusn rated it liked it Sep 25, Cindy rated it it was amazing Aug 20, Kristina rated it it was amazing Apr 18, Malini Chaudhri rated it it was amazing Sep 06, Gyte rated it liked it Apr 07, Talitha marked it as to-read Aug 12, Jessica Dumitru marked it as to-read Oct 15, Living in the countryside, life was a daily challenge and Pauline learns the hard way: Driving British style on narrow, winding roads was a particularly harrowing experience.

Grocery shopping turns into a guessing game, but Pauline prevails. An American housewife's husband is offered a position in Japan to work on a multinational project.

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After much soul-searching they accept, and their lives are never the same. From to , they lived in the countryside in housing specifically designed for Westerners, surrounded with friendly neighbors from The European Union, Canada, Russia Japan and America. Life in Japan was a daily challenge and Pauline had to learn to adjust to Japanese customs. She gingerly maneuvers through complicated rules of Japanese social behavior, never knowing when a simple faux pas would be construed as an intolerable violation of proper conduct.

At times, she learns the hard way: This was a lot of fun to read! I recently read another book by an American expatriate who basically spent the vast majority of it complaining about how painful her time was in Japan. How much more fun to see another basically average person move to Japan, live in a Japanese house, interact with her Japanese neighbors and really take advantage of such a great opportunity.

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We get to read how she had to adjust to the shopping, the food, the driving, learning the language, and my personal favorite--trying to negotiate life when you are an illiterate. Reading her anxieties and the way she overcame them and really embraced and loved her time in Japan was an interesting journey to take. I have to admit I might have preferred a more chronologic approach--this was more by topic, but you know what Her way worked too and I had a great time 'seeing' how she did.

I'm very glad I gave this book a shot as I enjoyed my time reading it. For people who are looking at a long term move to Japan this book would be a great read ahead of time, just to get a feel for what one normal person experienced. This was an enjoyable story recounting the author's experiences living in Japan for 2 years while in her late 50s or early 60s , and several trips to other east Asian localities. It is full of inaccurate and seemingly stereotypical information about Japanese culture, language, people and the country itself. My wife, who is from Tokyo, found it to be a description of some place other than Japan.

Some of the things are reasonable accurate, some of them are more likely due to the author's own experience and misinterpretations. This said, I really did enjoy reading the book and learning about the author's experiences. I believe that she developed some lasting close relationships with many of her neighbors in Japan. One person found this helpful. Perfect Paperback Verified Purchase. Pauline had a somewhat similar experience to ours, except she was in a small company compound, and we lived in a nearly totally Japanese area.

Like us, she attempted to see and learn as much as possible during her stay. I related to many of her experiences. However, there were many others which were different. We lived in Takarazuka near Osaka; she was in a small town closer to Tokyo. She metioned the import company in Kobe; the owners were good friends. For a feel for what it's like to live in Japan as an expat, this will give you a good feel. It appears that Pauline's husband was very well paid as they were able to travel quite a bit.

Travel in Japan is extrememly expensive!

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She was also able to get to many places in Asia during her stay. They were also able to make two home visits twice a year. We were only allowed one, and only at the company's discretion.

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There were times druing construction when travel of any kind was not allowed.