- Paperback: 292 pages
- Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (24 Aug. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1612181317
- ISBN-13: 978-1612181318
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.9 x 21 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 849,043 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Tune In Tokyo Paperback – 24 Aug 2011
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"When Anderson decides his life in North Carolina is in a rut, he chooses to make a dramatic change and moves to Japan to teach English, as he chronicles in this hilarious, enlightening, and insightful memoir. Anderson is tall, white, and extremely gay—all things that distinguish him from the average person in Japan. His various adventures—accidentally stumbling into the adult area of Tokyo and learning that Japanese porn cuts out all the good parts; discovering the hard way the low standards some English academies have for their teachers; experiencing the joys of karaoke and experimental music—help Anderson begin to understand the differences between American and Japanese culture. A gifted writer, Anderson is sensitive to cultural differences, delightful in his irreverence, and astutely aware of himself and his particular perspective. His observations are often laugh-out-loud funny and will leave readers with the desire to travel and to keep turning the pages, wondering, by the end, where Anderson will travel to next." -Publishers Weekly
“Aside from such classroom encounters and problems of his own with the Japanese language that vaguely recall David Sedaris’ Me Talk Pretty One Day (2000), Anderson regales his readers with tales of Japanese popular culture and his own social life…” –BooklistSee all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
More importantly though, this is a very funny book that is exceptionally well written. The author writes in a very entertaining fashion due to his wonderfully bitchy style.
Homophobes beware though - although there's nothing explicit in this book, the author is very gay and it's an integral part of the book. Any homophobe is probably not going to like the humour and constant references and so they are probably best to avoid it.
For everyone else who is broadminded, however, they are in for a real treat. I really hope that the author writes more as I will definitely be buying anything else he publishes.
Another minor comment - this is the best formatted Kindle book that I have ever read - very easy on the eye.
I was drawn to this book as I spent a year in Tokyo in the '80s, and it did bring it all back to me for which I'm grateful, hence the 4 stars.
His writing is well observed and funny and I did really enjoy reading it, but did feel that it ran out of steam towards the end and didn't have enough susbstance to keep me engaged as I struggled to the end.
He does talk a bit about being gay as it shapes some of his experiences, but there is nothing explicit or X rated.
I enjoyed his recollections of all things Japanese and the quirky things which we all expect to be apparent in Japan. It is well written and flows well and incredibly amusing.
5th star is missing as I think the author sometimes glosses over things which I am sure would have added more to the book.
Recommended if you like travel and humour.
My favorite humorous descriptions include Tim's experience at the Shinjuku Train Station. He found himself eased down the nearest staircase by the sheer force of the crowds tugging him like an undertow. They decided he would go out the south exit. That was fine with him.
Learning Japanese as a foreigner he was terrified that one day he would instead of telling someone they looked nice he'd end up saying, "I want to lick your daughters underarms."
I loved Tim's description of a Washlet or toilet found in nicer Japanese restaurants. "It has a slew of useful functions, like a butt sprinkler, a heated seat, and a dizzying selection of sound effects to muffle the user's unseemly emissions."
When teaching English as a foreigner in Japan Tim says the classroom atmosphere is one of absolute deference to the teacher. By contrast "teacher" to many American students is just a fancy word for "target."
While sitting on a sofa in the Chill Out Room at a nightclub in Tokyo Tim wonders why his friends approach the glass, see him, wave, look above him, then back at him and giggle. Then it suddenly dawns on him "Oh-my god-no-it's-a-vagina!" Behind his head is a huge black and white photo of the biggest vagina he has ever seen. And it looks angry.Read more ›
Now that I have bought and read it I can definitely say that it is good. In some points it is hilariously funny, always wanted to read it and was sad when I came to the end of it.
I don't think this book is for everyone. He does have a specific humour, A bit camp with some sexual innuendo woven in, which won't be to everyones taste.
I enjoyed the explanations of the cultural differences but mostly I enjoyed the funny stories and humour. If you are unsure if this is the book for you then I would say give it a go.
The book largely follows a time line but is broken up into different sections where he explains different pieces of his experience during the entire time he was there. This does allow you to drop in and out of the book quite well as the chapters don't lead into each other.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Interesting, and made me laugh out loud in places. A large, American gay man in Tokyo. Great read.Published 4 months ago by Holly GoLightly
that I'm asked to review this, as I didn't purchase it!Published 5 months ago by Mr. Raymond Girling
If you want to read travel writing or the experiences of someone living in Japan, unfortunately this isn't the book you're looking for. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Mr. D. J. Lazarides
I absolutely loved this charming, funny, honest book about being an American in Japan. I'm so jealous as well, as I would love to be the kind of person who could just decide to go... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Monica
Sorry, but totally found the author an idiot. As someone who's lived in Japan myself, I had high hopes for the book to see another foreigner's view of the country and culture. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Leela Taylor
As someone who grew up in Tokyo I'm usually sceptical of books about Tokyo.... but this was actually quite insightful and humorous. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Laura Pilgrim
Absolutely side splittingly hilarious. Laugh out loud and at the same time get really well introduced to life in Japan through the eyes of a westerner. Excellent.Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer