Learning to Bow: An American Teacher in a Japanese School (Google eBook)

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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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Great insights into a great culture. - Goodreads
A fun voyeuristic experience, but not great writing. - Goodreads
The story is engagingly told and easy to read. - Goodreads
more insights into the Japanese. - Goodreads
I thought that he was a great writer. - Goodreads
... some good cultural insights. - Goodreads

Review: Learning to Bow: Inside the Heart of Japan

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Despite only being in the country for a short time, the author has some good insights into the Japanese educational system. The story is engagingly told and easy to read. I'd recommend it for anyone ... Read full review

Review: Learning to Bow: Inside the Heart of Japan

User Review  - Melissa Forbes - Goodreads

A fun voyeuristic experience, but not great writing. At times, culturally insensitive, although affectionate. My biggest wish was for a better central narrative. 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
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About the author (2009)

Bruce Feiler writes a column on contemporary families for the New York Times and is the author of six consecutive New York Times bestsellers, including The Council of Dads. He is the host of several series on PBS, 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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