Quite possibly the quirkiest how-not-to book ever written, Susan A. Sistare reveals the clumsy transition from a Southern Belle bursting at the seams to navigator of all things foreign in Living in Yen: How NOT to Move to Japan Gracefully. With such tasks as remembering her train ticket, refraining from pressing buttons, and learning how to use a Japanese ATM labeled only with stick figures, Sistare must accomplish these feats and more with no more assistance than a Japanese phrase book and a little self-deprecating humor. Having been informed that one can buy beer from vending machines in Japan, Sistare flies across the world armed with optimism, thirst, and a job teaching English. However, it's a rocky start: the directions to her apartment are all in Japanese, her roommates are "as welcoming as a venereal disease," and her mother back home still badgers her about wearing lipstick and not having boys over. But a serendipitous train ride finds Sistare with a new Japan Adjustment Coordinator (who wiggles his way into her heart just before releasing her back into the wild) and a hilarious collection of coworkers are the best medicine for homesickness, heartache, and unprecedented hangovers. Follow Sistare as she spends an unforgettable year living in yen, getting lost, laughing, surviving an illness, and miraculously hanging on to her passport through all of this. She will show you how it's done. Just not gracefully.
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Susan A. Sistare is a special education teacher, bodybuilder, and skydiver. When she is not laughing or jumping from planes, she occasionally writes great stories. She lives in South Carolina with four cats and a really sweet guitar.
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Book Description Braindart Publishing, 2013. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0988319101