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  • 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)

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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

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“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…” –Booklist

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I can whole-heartedly recommend this book for anyone who has a fascination with all things Japanese as they will get an excellent insight into the parts of Tokyo that aren't often seen in the media.

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.
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Tune In Tokyo:The Gaijin Diaries
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.
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The description and several reviews made me think this would be just the book for me but it wasnt. I found it self indulgent and the humour just was not my kind of humour. Sorry but boring and repetitive came to mind in the first few chapters I struggled to read before consigning it to the dont bother section I created on my kindle. Before you buy do try to read a good sample - clearly it hits the spot for quite a number of people but not me and obviously several other reviewrs
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Initially I was not sure I would like this, but once Tim gets going describing life as a TEFL teacher in Tokyo it is very entertaining.
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.
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As someone who spent time in a similar situation (albeit teaching English in China), this made me laugh out loud and I could relate to many sections of it - especially the poorly translated signs!! Well done Tim!
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Tim Anderson's well-written memoir "Tune in Tokyo: The Gaijin Diaries" is a funny, fascinating window not only into Tim's life as a tall, white, gay, American Southerner but also into life in Tokyo and the Japanese culture. Tim, who was pushing thirty, left his boyfriend and moved to Japan after a string of dead-end jobs. Tim's hilarious self-effacing stories as an English teacher and his experiences while playing in an all-Japanese noise band as a "gaijin" or outsider are masterfully told.
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.
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Prior to buying it I was sceptical whether I would like it but the other reviews were good and I do like finding out about other cultures.
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.
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