The Japanese newspaper that I write, Mainichi Weekly, for has published an ebook of my collected columns, plus some other essays about my life in Japan. Check it out!
"Getting Naked with the Father-in-Law, and Other Tales from Rural Japan," by Sean Sakamoto, has been launched for the Amazon Kindle.
The book features essays from Sakamoto's popular Mainichi Weekly column "A Stranger in Paradise." It provides an insightful and humorous look at Sakamoto's life in the Land of the Rising Sun after he moved from the bustle of New York to the small, rural castle town of Gujo Hachiman in Gifu Prefecture. Going beyond the usual observations of foreigners in Japan, Sakamoto uses interviews with local craftsmen, artists, teachers, and chefs to bring readers closer to the local culture and people.
Read about a cattle farmer in Hyogo, the capital of Kobe Beef, who explains once and for all that, no, the cows are not raised on beer and given massages. Find out about traditional fishermen who use birds on leashes instead of lines and hooks. Travel back in time on a highway hundreds of years old that was once walked by samurai and their lords.
"Getting Naked with the Father-in-Law, and Other Tales from Rural Japan" is priced at $11.99. Click here to buy!