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An Indiana Hoosier in Lord Tsugaru's Court: Musings of an American Expatriate Living in Rural Japan Paperback – March 2, 2009

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  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (March 2, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440121648
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440121647
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,089,025 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Raver on September 7, 2009
Format: Paperback
Todd Leonard's book "An Indiana Hoosier in Lord Tsugaru's Court" was a fascinating book to read. This book is written in a series of 53 short essays, each of which describe different aspects of modern Japan and its culture. The five chapters are "Todd's Top Ten List of Things Japanese," "Rites of Passage," "Japanese Festivals and Celebrations," "Political, Educational and Social Issues," and "Cultural and Societal Miscellany."
Because the book is written in a conversational style, it is easy to read. It almost feels as though one is having an actual in-person conversation with Mr. Leonard. Japan is described as a culture very different than American culture but in a way that makes it possible for the reader to understand and almost relate to. Hence, it is a very interesting book that is hard to put down. I found myself saying to myself "just one more essay, just one more."
Mr. Leonard's book covers the amusing, such as the Japanese pop group "SMAP" which is adorded by middle-aged Japanese women, to the more serious problem of Japan's aging society in which there are fewer and fewer young people, to those things in-between such as Cherry Blossom season and Japanese public transportation. If you want to mentally transport yourself to another culture this is a good book to read.
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