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About the Author

Charles R. Scott left the corporate world to become a family adventurer. He worked at Intel Corporation for 14 years before deciding to focus his energy full-time on writing, speaking and doing endurance challenges with his family linked to environmental causes. In the summer of 2009, he and his eight-year old son cycled the length of mainland Japan, 2,500 miles in 67 days. The United Nations named them “Climate Heroes”, as they raised money for a tree planting campaign and promoted the UN’s efforts to combat climate change. In the summer of 2011, Scott cycled 1,500 miles around Iceland with his ten-year-old son and four-year-old daughter. His book about the Japan ride, Rising Son, offers an inspiration to anyone who feels the urge to shake things up and reminds the reader of the most precious gift a parent can give a child: time. He publishes pieces regularly on Huffington Post and CNBC.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 386 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 148027223X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1480272231
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #930,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Just a great book (and great illustrations!). It gave me another view of Japan and of the Japanese: often thought of as being really xenophobic, that is clearly very far from the truth. There is so much in this book, from the subjective, personal struggles of father and son, to history and culture. There is a lot to admire here but the author is far from self-promoting. I've just finished it (in the Kindle version) but heck, I might just read it again.
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Rising Son is a marvelous account of a grueling 2500 bike trip through Japan by author Charles Scott and his eight-year-old son, Sho. This engaging memoir succeeds beautifully on three levels. It's a meticulous narrative about the difficulties and pleasures of an ambitious, idealistic bike trip (Scott's mission was to publicize climate change); it's a bright and sometimes funny introduction to the culture and the varied landscape of Japan; and it's a moving account of a father and son growing closer through their tribulations and triumphs on the road. Full disclosure: I edited this book. I've edited many books: this, perhaps, is my favorite -- and the first I've recommended on Amazon.
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As someone who has traveled extensively with my own children, I was fascinated to read Charles' account of traversing Japan with his 8-year old son. Having gone through the challenges of being on the road, I could relate to this adventure on many levels, but peddling for over 2,000 miles was a whole other story ! Taking on sumo wrestlers, dealing with torrential rains, and sleeping in a tent on the side of the road were just the physical demands this trip required. The bigger test was psychological, and watching Charles grow closer to his son with each passing day was inspiring. So if you're looking for some incentive to spend more time with your family, or perhaps plan an adventure of your own, this book will do the trick.
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I was taken from the very first chapter! The book took me along on an adventure I would never be capable of doing myself. I laughed, cried, felt pain and anguish and thoroughly enjoyed Sho and Charles' trip. I hungered for rice balls and japanese snacks and marveled at the kindness of strangers.

A truly enjoyable read!
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Rising Son is the third book I have read about a foreigner taking on the long journey from one end of Japan to the other. All three have included wonderful details and stories of a side of Japan that you just do do not see unless you go out and challenge yourself. However, the three books really have been about journeys of self discovery and fulfilment. Rising Son added an extra dimension. A father watching his son meeting adversity head on, growing before his eyes and keeping his wonderful sense of humour. There is a lot in this book for those expecting a travelogue. The descriptions of Hokkaido and Nagano are vivid and made me want to take my whining 8 year old away from his DS and Wii for a blast of ocean wind and steep mountains. The kind and generous people met along the way, shows that there is good everywhere and still hope for humanity. But most of all, it is seeing the bond develop between the father and son which is the real insight.
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This truly is a fine read. The writings of finding food and places to camp, of oncoming darkness, of the occasional missed turn, of the unexpected change of road surface from asphalt to root infested dirt trail, and of the sometimes violent change in weather, all bring great realism to the days of cycling. The description of nature, such as the sound of the waves as music, and of the characters the author and his son meet, capture the lyrical aspect of the trip. The extensive use of conversational prose gives presence to the story as if I myself were on the adventure, not watching a travelogue. The author's joy of traveling with his son, emphasizing his feelings and reactions to the events of the day, and respecting his interests, such as playing Pokémon with local peers and searching for a "best" game room, give emotional immediacy to the book. Attention to the feelings of the moment, the anxieties of what was yet to come, and the normally insignificant items made luxuries such as a good meal, shelter, or a shower after a long day of cycling, share the fun of the adventure and also create the fun of reading about it. The book is delightful.
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This a delightful tome that blends endurance, international experience, family dynamics, and a unique pursuit into a recipe for memorable adventure. The depictions of characters (the peripatetic monk is my favorite) and situations encountered are interesting and the pace of writing is such that you just have to read a little more than planned each day. There's also plenty to be learned here - topography and towns of the islands, Japanese customs and language 101, the indigenous Ainu people, and even the Keeling Curve....but, most importantly, the value of discomfort and the results of not letting it keep you from accomplishing something meaningful. The memories and vistas gained across 2500 miles are uniquely the author's and his son's, but this is an excellent vicarious experience. "It was clear that this endeavor was not going to augment my professional reputation." After reading this, I am very pleased to disagree.
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