Potato in a Rice Bowl
In the memoir Potato in a Rice Bowl, Peggy Keener shares her wacky misadventures as a sincerethough misguidedMinnesota housewife struggling to create normalcy for her family while living in Japan during the 1960s. Through charming vignettes, Peggy takes a look back at her bewildering foray into the Japanese culture after her husband accepts a military assignment in a country thousands of miles away from the small prairie town of Austin, Minnesota, where she was born and raised. The mother of three boys, Peggy chronicles how she managed to settle her disoriented family and flounce headfirst into the thorny, baffling culture while her husband was miles away on military missions. As she bungles through her boys Japanese school, grapples with the eccentricities of her home and neighbors, and reconstructs the language to her liking, she somehow ends up as a personality on Japanese national televisionall with the earnest hope of melding with her new country. In this humorous, irreverent, and even soul-searching collection of anecdotes, Peggy provides an entertaining glimpse into the enigmatic Land of the Rising Sun.
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A lighthearted debut memoir about a young Colorado mother's full-on collision with Japanese culture.In 1962, at the tender age of 24, Keener jumped at the chance to relocate to Tokyo, where her ... Read full review
We were stationed in Japan and can relate to many of the things Peggy writes about in her book. I had a friend let me read her copy - she is a friend of Peggy. I laughed and remembered many similar incidents while there. I am giving a copy to a friend who was also stationed in Japan.