Learning to Bow: An American Teacher in a Japanese School

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Zondervan, Oct 13, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 336 pages
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Learning to Bow has been heralded as one of the funniest, liveliest, and most insightful books ever written about the clash of cultures between America and Japan. With warmth and candor, Bruce Feiler recounts the year he spent as a teacher in a small rural town. Beginning with a ritual outdoor bath and culminating in an all-night trek to the top of Mt. Fuji, Feiler teaches his students about American culture, while they teach him everything from how to properly address an envelope to how to date a Japanese girl.

 

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User Review  - dbsovereign - LibraryThing

Explores the cultural differences and different facets of culture shock of an American teaching ESL in Japan. Central among these is the independence of the West versus the dependence of the East. Feiler talks about his experiences with sensitivity and humor. Read full review

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User Review  - LynnB - LibraryThing

The author spent a year teaching American culture and English in Japan. In this book, he relates his experiences both as a teacher and as a foreigner trying to understand Japanese culture. Well ... Read full review

Contents

THROUGH THE OPEN DOOR
1
DRAWING THE LINES
16
THE FIRST DAY IN SCHOOL
26
THE WELCOME PARTY
45
THE SPORTS FESTIVAL
55
FALL IN THE CHESTNUT BASIN
63
THE ANATOMY OF A JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL UNIFORM
75
MAKING HOSPITAL ROUNDS
85
TWIN WINTER ESCAPADES
146
THE TEACHER IN JAPAN
167
THE JUKU GENERATION
179
DRINKING ALONE IN RURAL JAPAN
191
HOW TO PICK UP A JAPANESE GIRL
203
A CHERRY BLOSSOM SPRING
221
THE INVISIBLE CLASS
238
THE ANNUAL SCHOOL EXCURSION
260

TRASH DAY
98
THE LOST ART OF SCHOOL LUNCH
109
NEW YEARS EVE AND THE RISING SUN
120
THE JAPANESE COLOR WHEEL
131
A FINAL BOW
305
191
316
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About the author (2009)

Bruce Feiler is the author of six consecutive New York Times bestsellers, including Abraham, Where God Was Born, America's Prophet, The Council of Dads, and The Secrets of Happy Families. He is a columnist for the New York Times, a popular lecturer, and a frequent commentator on radio and television. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and twin daughters.

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