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After half a decade in Japan, Garett Wilson thought that nothing could shock him anymore...until he started a new job and a new life at a high school in downtown Tokyo. Here he discovered the real Japan, not the version sold to tourists, and realized that it was far more thrilling, heartbreaking, and beautiful than anything he had ever experienced.

Over the course of one year in Tokyo, Garett navigates the perilous waters of 21st-century Japan, where love and laughter are as common as violence and tragedy. From love hotels to sumo, Yakuza gangs to hostess bars, and a Shinto wedding to a KFC Christmas, discover what Tokyo is really like for its 38 million inhabitants.

A travel book, a tale of sex and romance, and a love letter to a maddening, wonderful place, Lost in Tokyo provides a new perspective on living, working, and playing in the world's most vibrant city.

©2018 Garett Wilson (P)2019 Garett Wilson

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Checks all the boxes. Interesting enough.

Having spent seven years in Japan and a chunk of which working for the same dispatch company in Japan as the author for a few years maybe Im not exactly the target audience but all in all I pretty much got a by the book take of the typical experience of a foreigner in Japan teaching English. Lots of typical generalisations about Japanese culture to balance the authors obvious frustration about being pigeonholed and stereotyped as a foreigner in Japan. Actually listening to it sort of brought back flashbacks of all my own frustrations that I had somehow in the intervening years, replaced with the nostalgic rose coloured spectacles of my time there. In fact I also have similar rage inducing stories to tell about two same managers who tried to intimidate Garett at his job (it seems he didn't bother to change their names for the book.) All in all it was interesting, if slightly pedestrian and covered all the things you'd expect from a book like this without offering any real surprises. I imagine the author decided to write the book before he really had something to say whilst hoping that something of real interest would happen to him during his time there. It didn't though. Id say it reads like every blog of every young man who has taught English in Japan within the last 20 odd years. On the positive side he makes no effort to try to paint the experience of living in Japan as all cherry blossoms and idealism that often those people do.
The Narrator does an alright job too, slightly odd gruff tone but I got used to it. Similarly he butchers nearly every Japanese word he attempts to say but again Its not really a big deal.
If you have ever wanted to go to Japan to teach English for a year or two and never did though, this might be for you. Because the experience of doing that is almost identical to reliving it through Garrets eyes, and itll only take up 7 and a half hours of your time.

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  • mr
  • 12-11-19

entertaining glimpse of life in Japan

Fascinating tales of what it is like to work, live, and love as a foreigner in Japan.

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  • Richard B
  • 28-10-19

Someone printed their travel blog

There are some interesting bits in book, but they are lost the sea of true but uninteresting events.

Severely in need of an editor to pare down the things that merely happened to reveal the more interesting observations.

Feels very “self-published” and probably would be better as a blog.

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