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Tim Anderson
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Book Description

8 Jun 2010
Everyone wants to escape their boring, stagnant lives full of inertia and regret. But so few people actually have the bravery to run, run away from everything and selflessly seek out personal fulfillment in another part of the world where they don't understand anything and won't be expected to. The world is full of cowards. Tune in Tokyo: The Gaijin Diaries, an irresistible new gay, left-handed, diabetic travel memoir by North Carolina native Tim Anderson, takes a heady ride through the great Japanese megalopolis, bobbing, weaving, and karate kicking its way through the shadowy, dangerous underworld of a Harajuku girl-phobic, viola-playing, kabuki-tastic English conversation instructor on a mission to blast himself out of the creative and professional rut he's in and also do some record shopping. Tune in Tokyo illuminates the colorful gaijin life of a young-ish American gaywad who, stuck in Ennuiville with no good employment opportunities in his home city of Raleigh, NC, decides to jet across the world and magically make himself more marketable. He leaves behind his boyfriend, his cat, his CDs, and an increasingly misanthropic existential lifelessness and heads off to a city where the year is 2119 and the future is now. Or maybe tomorrow. Tune in Tokyo: The Gaijin Diaries is a collection of fish-out-of-water stories in which the fish flopping around gasping for breath (and English-language magazines) in the open air of planet Tokyo must slowly but surely learn to breathe, gain his footing, and walk on his own two legs. How else is he going to take himself to the new Uniqlo, use one of those beer vending machines, or buy a Hello Kitty dildo?

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  • Paperback: 259 pages
  • Publisher: Wayward Mammal Publishing (8 Jun 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615365825
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615365824
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 22.5 x 15 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,386,786 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 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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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 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious and Very Well Written 14 Dec 2011
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny but not much depth. 24 Jun 2012
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Tim Anderson introduces us to life - and his life - in Tokyo and opens up an intriguing world of the gay gaijin interacting with the wonderful Japanese people and ex-pat Westerners. He navigates the city with his eyes and ears open and his brain set to 'record' - and then relates his experiences to the reader in ways that have you laughing, wondering and feeling empathy for the fish out of water who learns to live in the 'alien' environment.

He has a wonderfully likeable outlook and is a character you instantly want to get to know and thankfully, through his easy style of writing, you soon do.

The only thing wrong with this book is that it wasn't twice as long as it is.

If you like to make a fool of yourself laughing out loud on the train to work, read 'Tune in Tokyo'.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really laugh out loud funny 14 Aug 2012
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Maybe it's just my type of humour but the descriptions the author gave in the book made me laugh out loud frequently whilst I read it. A great read - easy to pick up where you left off. I so want to go to Japan now and experience what life is like there. Sounds crazy!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny 19 Feb 2013
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An American loose in Japan... 23 Oct 2012
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This is another one of those books written by someone who has lived for a period in a completely different culture. At least in this case the author has dived in and not sat on the edge carping.
Tim Anderson goes to Japan to teach English, and in this book he shares his experiences with us. Sometimes funny, sometimes curious, sometimes downright weird, he recounts all his exploits with style. However, for some reason, I always felt that he had applied a filter over his writing, and that I never wholly knew what he was thinking of any situation. I always felt slightly detached from what was being related. I cannot explain this!
Although I would recommend this book, if you are looking for - in my opinion - a better account of living in Japan, then I would suggest the following the book by Sam Baldwin -
For Fukui's Sake: Two years in rural Japan
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and enlightening 27 May 2012
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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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars it just didn't do it for me 12 Aug 2013
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars thoroughly enjoyed this. most amusing
thoroughly enjoyed this. most amusing. and having been to Tokyo on numerous occasions i recognised a lot of the places. a great read
Published 2 days ago by Anita Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved every word. Fascinating, hilarious, and brilliantly written.
This was a great read, a sympathetic and wonderfully humorous look at a foreigner's experiences of immersion in Japanese culture. Read more
Published 1 month ago by cosmic
4.0 out of 5 stars A good giggle
I bought this on a Kindle deal, and had no pre-conceived notions going in to it. Like at least one other reviewer, during the first few chapters I found the humour self-indulgent... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Boing
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm glad that I read this even though I selected it ...
I'm glad that I read this even though I selected it on it's lack of cost. It's extremely funny and engaging.
Published 1 month ago by Net
5.0 out of 5 stars An insightful and very funny encounter with Tokyo
Tim Anderson has two big advantages in writing about a foreign culture, he writes really well and he has excellent insight. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lily Hegel
5.0 out of 5 stars Does exactly what it says on the tin. And, for once, a bit more.
I wanted something 'switch your brain off' and lighthearted to relax with and this couldn't have been better. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jason Moran
3.0 out of 5 stars mildly amusing memoir
This book is fine for passing a journey but it doesn't really offer much insight into life as lived in one of the most interesting countries in the world. Read more
Published 2 months ago by traveller
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
Very interesting read about an American who wishes to find himself. Ends up taking a job as a teacher in Japan. After that it's a whirlwind of adventure. Thrilling read.
Published 2 months ago by Mr. Y. Bashir
3.0 out of 5 stars Well worth reading.
This is an enjoyable read. It's fun and pleasant. There's nothing GREAT about it, no profound insights, but it is a very good account of a man living in a very alien culture.
Published 3 months ago by camsquirrel
3.0 out of 5 stars Review
I have never laughed so much reading a book in my entire life !!!! It brought back so many memories of my time in that fascinating country with all its frustrations but also... Read more
Published 3 months ago by LyndaGripton
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