No stone is left unturned. Pover covers everything ... -- The Daily Yomiuri, September 15, 2001
From the Author
When I first came to Japan in 1996, I wasnt prepared. Twenty-one thousand Western women move to Japan every year and most of them arent prepared either. I dont mean being prepared for the language or the culture; I mean being prepared for what it is like to be a Western woman living in Japan.
Throughout 1999 I interviewed about two hundred Western women living in Japan. Most of them were women from the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. They were from different ethnic and social backgrounds, and of different ages and sexual orientations. Employment and marital statuses differed. Some were here for six months, some for most of their adult lives. It was a diverse group of women, each with unique experiences, but they all had one thing in common: they were Western women in Japan. I was touched by their willingness to share their experiences to help prepare and support others like them.
These interviews form the foundation of this book. With other research, interviews with specialists in certain fields, some of my own experiences, resource sections and useful Japanese phrases, I have tried to create a comprehensive guide for Western women in Japan.