Tune In Tokyo by Tim Anderson
The Gaijin Diaries

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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 on the other side of the world where they don’t understand anything and won’t be expected to. The world is full of cowards. Tim Anderson was pushing thirty and working a string of dead-end jobs when he made the spontaneous decision to pack his bags and move to Japan. It was a gutsy move, especially for a tall, white, gay Southerner who didn’t speak a lick of Japanese. But his life desperately needed a shot of adrenaline, and what better way to get one than to leave behind his boyfriend, his cat, and his Siouxsie and the Banshees box set to move to “a tiny, overcrowded island heaving with clever, sensibly proportioned people who make him look fat”? In Tokyo, Tim became a “gaijin,” an outsider whose stumbling progression through Japanese culture is minutely chronicled in these sixteen hilarious stories. Despite the steep learning curve and the seemingly constant humiliation, the gaijin from North Carolina gradually begins to find his way. Whether playing drums on the fly in an otherwise all-Japanese noise band or attempting to keep his English classroom clean when it’s invaded by an older female student with a dirty mind, Tim comes to realize that living a meaningful life is about expecting the unexpected...right when he least expects it.
 

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Tim Anderson has done many amazing things in his life. Well, two amazing things. OK, one thing that he did twice. But hes got nothing on his older brother, who can play his teeth like a xylophone with his thumb. As for Tim, he is a graduate of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where he was inducted into both Phi Beta Kappa and the Golden Key National Honor Society. (These honors have yet to pay off.) He has worked as a waiter, a data-entry clerk, a photocopier repairman, a freelance writer, a music editor, a middle-school teacher, and a depressed employee of the state of North Carolina. He dreams of one day being an underwear model/bookie. Until then, he will keep working as an editor and living in Brooklyn with his boyfriend, his cat Stella, and his viola, which he plays in the band Simple Shapes. To learn more about Tim, visit his blog at seetimblog.blogspot.com or the Tune in Tokyo website, www.tuningintokyo.com.
 
Published November 29, 2011 by Lake Union Publishing. 294 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Travel, Gay & Lesbian. Non-fiction

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Dissatisfied with the American Way and anxious about the prospect of turning 30, Anderson, a gay white North Carolinian, left his home country to snap himself out of the sameness of middle-class American life.

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That journey, turns out, ended up with the author teaching English at a language school in Tokyo, an experience he's documented in Tune in Tokyo.

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That journey, turns out, ended up with the author teaching English at a language school in Tokyo, an experience he's documented in Tune in Tokyo.

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“To have been a piece of literature worthy of resurrection, Tune In Tokyo would have perhaps benefited had the author been able to pierce through his own clambering humor and, from time to time worked more descriptively to give his reader a sense of the place, the time, the culture and the enduri...

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His difficulties in learning the basics of the culture, as well as his misadventures teaching, make for some very fun reading, especially when what he learns forces him to reconsider humanity as a successful species.

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There is also, though, a love for the country that Anderson has adopted, and this is evident when his boyfriend comes over for a visit and Anderson gets to show off his new-found adoration of all things Tokyo.

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Readers follow Tim as he sets out to learn Japanese, wanders and gets lost in the city, plays drums with an all Japanese band, and teaches English to fearfully shy Japanese students.

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