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Under the Osakan Sun

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  52 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
An intimate account of a college graduate's three years teaching English in Japan, this book follows a young man's experience diving headfirst into a new culture and way of life. From an elderly couple who take him on nerve-wracking expeditions to the junior high school students he must teach despite a complete lack of experience, this hilarious, intimate account unravels ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published September 19th 2008 by Awa Press
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Apr 14, 2010 Laurel rated it it was ok
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Apr 10, 2012 Garron rated it really liked it
Really good travel writing right here. What's even more perfect is that its from a kiwi perspective. So the humour just cracked me up. One story in particular, Hamish has dinner with his students family. The parents ask him while eating dinner "what kind of porn do you like"?... this led to the father asking "which do you prefer foreign porn or Japanese porn?"...and his student protesting that he always watches porn with his father. After the awkward dinner, the family give him a bag of porn and ...more
Oct 20, 2014 Jimmy rated it really liked it
For anyone who has taught abroad in Asia, this is for you.

As a former teacher in Korea, there was a lot about this book that I was able to connect with right away. Granted, Mr. Hamish's book is about a bloke from New Zealand going to Japan via the JET program for three years. I, on the other hand, was an American going to Korea for one year. The stories might be different, but I found that there were still a lot of things that I had in common with Beaton's narrative.

Each chapter focus on a parti
Jan 23, 2015 Jay rated it it was amazing
I read this three times before embarking on the JET Programme myself. In the months leading up to my departure there was a time where I was trying to absorb as much relevant info as possible in anticipation. This book really struck a chord with me. Beaton has a nice, easy going writing style and his book was an enjoyable read.
Very warm, very simple compared to Peter Hessler for example. Got a little aimless at times. Didn't care about that when it finished very strong.
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