Memoirs of a Gaijin: Emails from Japan

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Hello from Japan.

Not much new here. My four-year-olds attacked me, my crazy female stalkers jumped on the desk and professed their love for me, my depressed coworkers fist-fought each other at the all-you-can-drink karaoke bar, and I have no idea what I ate yesterday but it was uncooked and squishy. Pretty much the usual. What’s new from home?

Ben took the teaching job in Japan because he wasn’t quite ready to figure out what he wanted to do ...

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Overview

Hello from Japan.

Not much new here. My four-year-olds attacked me, my crazy female stalkers jumped on the desk and professed their love for me, my depressed coworkers fist-fought each other at the all-you-can-drink karaoke bar, and I have no idea what I ate yesterday but it was uncooked and squishy. Pretty much the usual. What’s new from home?

Ben took the teaching job in Japan because he wasn’t quite ready to figure out what he wanted to do with his life. Instead, his efforts were put towards figuring out his new students, coworkers, and dinner. He is a "gaijin," the Japanese word for "foreigner." From festivals and temples to bicycles and cleaning supplies, Memoirs of a Gaijin: Emails from Japan is the one-year collection of emails and journals that chronicle Ben’s experiences in the comedic and confusing country of Japan.

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Author, Tried to Say - C.J. Renner
“A witty, honest work. Ben Hesse’s Memoirs of a Gaijin should be a required read for those college grads who are contemplating the increasingly popular first ‘real life’ step of teaching English abroad.”—C.J. Renner, author of Tried to Say
C.J. Renner
“A witty, honest work. Ben Hesse’s Memoirs of a Gaijin should be a required read for those college grads who are contemplating the increasingly popular first ‘real life’ step of teaching English abroad.”—C.J. Renner, author of Tried to Say
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595448692
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/2007
  • Pages: 265
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Benjamin Hesse was born in Edina, MN in 1980. He graduated from St. John’s University in Minnesota with a degree in English and is an experienced world traveler. Memoirs of a Gaijin is his first publication.
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  • Posted October 23, 2009

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    Emails from Japan

    Funny, light read about the ups and downs of being away from home while teaching English in Japan. If you have a sense of humor and like stories about travel, family, teaching, karaoke, and children who know how to land a solid drop-kick, then you'll enjoy this memoir.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2007

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    I wasted my money on this. I wish I hadn't. There are a few funny parts but mostly it's a collection of uninteresting emails home. The author is obviously self published, and it shows. I hope the English he taught in Japan was of a better standard than of that in his book. Buying a lonely planet guide would be money better spent, to be honest. This was trashy and I got bored after the first few chapters. I'm only giving it 2 stars because it's Christmas. Sorry guy. Nice try, but next time a real book with a real effort might be a better call. Anyone can publish a bunch of emails.

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