This is a captivating, heart-warming, funny, and informative look at contemporary Japan, through the eyes of an American expat. John Rachel arrived for his first visit to Japan 13 years ago, is now married to a brilliant Japanese lady — a music teacher, concert pianist, opera singer — and has lived in Japan permanently for over eight years. This book is a collection of sixty-three anecdotes about the Land of the Rising Sun, its people, culture, traditions, and institutions. It includes over 450 photographs of a side of Japan which will amaze and charm you.
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About the Author
John Rachel has a B. A. in Philosophy, has traveled extensively, is a songwriter, music producer, novelist, and an evolutionary humanist. Since 2008, when he first embarked on his career as a novelist, he has had eight fiction and three non-fiction books published. These range from three satires and a coming-of-age trilogy, to a political drama and now a crime thriller. The three non-fiction works were also political, his attempt to address the crisis of democracy and pandemic corruption in the governing institutions of America.
With the publication of his most recent novel Petrocelli, a gruesome story about human trafficking for prostitution, and The Peace Dividend, a political strategy for curing America of its addiction to war, he has three more novels in the pipeline: Love Connection, a drug-trafficking thriller set in Japan; Sex, Lies and Coffee Beans, a spoof on the self-help crazes of the 80s and 90s; and finally, The Last Giraffe, an anthropological drama and love story involving both the worship and devouring of giraffes. It deliciously unfolds in 19th Century sub-Saharan Africa.
The author’s last permanent residence in America was Portland, Oregon where he had a state-of-the-art ProTools recording studio, music production house, a radio promotion and music publishing company. He recorded and produced several artists in the Pacific Northwest, releasing and promoting their music on radio across America and overseas.
John Rachel now lives in a quiet, traditional, rural Japanese community, where he sets his non-existent watch by the thrice-daily ringing of temple bells, at a local Shinto shrine.