October 30, 2007
Learning to Bow - Bruce Feiler
I happened across this one at Paperback Swap, and had it on my wish list forever before I finally managed to get a copy. The subtitle is "Inside the Heart of Japan" and it tells the story of an American who travels to Japan in the early 90's to teach English. He is very good at describing the different culture without seeming too judgmental. He doesn't always succeed, but you can tell he is trying. The students embrace him and are happy to teach him about Japan, although they are more reluctant to learn "American" traditions. This was a fast and enjoyable read, and made me more eager to visit Japan one day.