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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.