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When Kim Hotzon and her fiance Bill decided, on the spur of the moment, to take leave of their jobs in Canada to seek work in the far-flung country of Japan, the twenty-two-year-old only imagined swaying cherry blossoms framing elegant bridges. However, when she and Bill landed in bustling Tokyo, the two soon found themselves deeply immersed in a strange new world that was ...more
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Published July 4th 2012 by Createspace
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Meagan Hansen
Feb 10, 2013 Meagan Hansen rated it liked it
Loved getting a look at life in Japan. Japanese culture has always interested and enticed me. Glad I received this as a Goodreads/Firstread.
Melissa
Jul 07, 2013 Melissa rated it really liked it
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I really enjoyed When the Cherry Blossoms fall. As I delved into this book I wasn't sure I would enjoy it because I wasn't sure if it would be dry or not but the further I read the more I enjoyed it. I loved her explanations of the troubles that being a foreigner in Japan could have and the also the triumphs that both her and her husband experienced.

My mother is reading it now and it enjoying it also. She said it was like travelling without having to leave home.

Thanks for such a wonderful book
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Alejandro Canton-Dutari
The foreword caught my attention so much that I decided that this was a story I had to read. I found that the author had really written more of a travel log, including photos. The English used – Canadian version – was very easy to read, no pretences of high literary levels, but with such good editing that it was almost faultless. The descriptions of life in Osaka – the main post—during 1989-1990 was so well done that I could envision everything in my mind. Though I have circled the globe I never ...more
Peveril
May 25, 2015 Peveril rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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OK. Not as much about Japan and the Japanese as I'd hoped.
Jeanne
Sep 13, 2013 Jeanne rated it it was ok
This book had a lot of potential, but the author focused on herself rather than the experiences she had in Japan teaching English. One quote from the book that made me put it down and never go back was, "Why did Saddam Hussein have to ruin my vacation?". 'Nuff said?
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Aug 30, 2013 Nae rated it liked it
If ever there was a person who should have stayed home where she was comfy and not prey to every mental stressor you can imagine, the author of this one is it.
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Kim writes contemporary and time travel romance.

In 2012, Kim travelled to Africa on a humanitarian trip which became the inspiration for her debut novel, Hands Full of Ashes (Soul Mate Publishing, New York). Her debut novel was nominated for the TRR Readers' Choice Awards - Winter 2015 in the romantic suspense category and the 2016 RONE Awards.

Her short story, The Snow Bird, is part of an antholo
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