At Home In Japan: A Foreign Woman's Journey Of Discovery by Rebecca OtowaAt Home In Japan: A Foreign Woman's Journey Of Discovery by Rebecca Otowa

At Home In Japan: A Foreign Woman's Journey Of Discovery

byRebecca Otowa

Hardcover | June 20, 2017

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This portrait of Japanese country life reminds us that at its core, a happy and healthy life is based on the bonds of food, family, tradition, community, and the richness of nature." -John Einarsen, Founding Editor and Art Director of Kyoto Journal What would it be like to move to Japan, leaving everyone you know behind, to become part of a traditional Japanese household? At Home in Japan tells an extraordinary true story of a foreign woman who goes through a fantastic transformation, as she makes a move from a suburban lifestyle in California to a new life, living in Japan. She dedicates 30 years of her life to being a housewife, custodian and chatelaine of a 350-year-old farmhouse in rural Japan.This astonishing book traces a circular path from were Rebecca began, to living under Japanese customs-from the essential day to day details of life in the house and village, through relationships with family, neighbors and the natural and supernatural entities with which the family shares the home. Rebecca Otowa then focuses on her inner life, touching on some of the pivotal memories of her time in Japan, the lessons in perception that Japan has taught her and how she has been changed by living in Japan.An insightful and compelling read, At Home in Japan is a beautifully written and illustrated reminiscence of a once pure life made extraordinary."
Rebecca Otowa has lived in Japan for thirty years, leaving her original home in California in 1967, and her adopted home of Brisbane, Australia in 1978, to strike out in this new life direction. She and her husband Toshiro have raised two sons and now live in a rural area near Kyoto, in a 350-year-old farmhouse that has been in the fam...
Title:At Home In Japan: A Foreign Woman's Journey Of DiscoveryFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:176 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.63 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6 × 0.63 inPublished:June 20, 2017Publisher:Tuttle PublishingLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0804848718

ISBN - 13:9780804848718


Editorial Reviews

Anyone interested in knowing what it is like to become fully immersed in another culture-yet always as an outsider-will enjoy this thoughtful account immensely." - Library Journal "Pungent with sounds, tastes, colors and village and family lore Otowa gives us a book of celebration, radiance, and renewal." - Japan Times "A wonderful book about an old Japanese house, a resourceful American woman, and how they come together to honor the past and forge a bright future. What Frances Mayes did for Tuscany, Rebecca Otowa just might have done for the Japanese countryside. Bravo!" -Leza Lowitz, author of Green Tea to Go: Stories from Tokyo "Rebecca Otowa has written the book solely from her own experience (okay, one chapter is written from the viewpoint of the house, which is actually really cool), which makes her observations about Japanese life just so much more alive, so much more interesting to read." - The Travel Tester blog"