My Mother Is a Tractor: A Life in Rural Japan (英語) ペーパーバック – 2005/12/30
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A rollicking "Life in Japan" book, written from the depths of rural Japan by a former JET Program teacher. Rated a "...must read" by Crazy Japan Times and Rough Guide.
Nicholas Klar is a peripatetic teacher and writer originally from Adelaide, Australia. He has lived in four different countries, studied in Australia and the U.S., and has travelled widely through Asia and the Pacific. His most recent incarnation was as Senior Head of House at a private international college in Shanghai, China. His only real claims to recent fame were that he was, 1) the only person in the whole of Shanghai without a mobile phone, and 2) apparently the only non-beer drinking Australian in the whole of Asia.
Previously he was resident in Japan where he was a regular contributor to the JET Journal, Niigata JOHO and other magazines, plus in addition was editor/webmaster of The Joetsu goodo Travel Guide and Welcome to Myoko-kogen.He has had several short stories, travelogues, articles and essays published previously in various media such as The Japan Times, Shanghai Daily, Fukuoka-Now, Jetstreams and Voyage but 'My Mother is a Tractor' is his first full-length book.
At present he is on a writing sabbatical and looking forward to new adventures. His ambition is to be very rich without ever having to actually work for it...and to never hear the words 'Let's climb Mount Fuji' again.
For more information, please visit www.klarbooks.com/mmiat/
Great book. Great insight. Funny as all it could be. So enjoying the tale and honestly recommend it to all, not just those who might be thinking of heading over there to teach. For anybody thinking of the JET Program or doing any TEFL work this would be an essential manual on how things really work over there.
I have worked in Japan (5 weeks in 2008) but as a Santa Claus not a teacher, this book gave me insights into events and actions that took place around me that I was not aware of the reasons behind them. It has opened my eyes to the culture of Japan and has made me look harder to find ways to get over there and teach or share skills.
Those expecting a smoothly written tale will not find their literary delights here, this book is a little raw but as these are mostly recollections brought together I find the format and the writing just fine and quite readable.
Thanks for sharing your tales with us Nik. Now, when do we see the sequel?
Nick's tales were hilarious! His book was well written and made me want to continue reading even though I had other things to do.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who's thinking about applying to the JET Program, who wants to know what life is like living in Japan, or who is just interested in the Land of the Rising Sun in general.