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Tales from High Mountain: Stories and Recipes from a Life in Japan, Part I [Kindle Edition]

Tara Austen Weaver
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A few months after graduating college, at the age of twenty-two, Tara Austen Weaver boarded a plane and then a train for a journey high into the mountains of central Japan. She did not realize she would also be traveling back in time, to a traditional town and inside the home of an old and established family.

Tales from High Mountain is the story of those first few months of immersion in a foreign culture, of learning to find your feet in an unfamiliar land with very different rules. It is a journey into rural Japan—the festivals, the feasts, the quite beauty found in ancients temples and changing seasons. It is the story of finding a new home, and the family and food and traditions that came along with it.

Included are ten Japanese food recipes, to bring the flavor of Japan home.


Product Details

  • File Size: 164 KB
  • Print Length: 52 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005J2VOHM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #764,772 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Life in Japan August 28, 2011
I have been an admirer of Tara's blog Tea and Cookies since the beginning. I love her writing style. Her writing has the ability to take me places in my head. Tales from High Mountain does just that. I lived every moment as she lived it. The book is a mixture of culture,family, emotions, food. Although it is an adults book, it is a book I would have enjoyed reading to my children when they were around 9 - 10 years of age.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun story March 1, 2012
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This is a really fun, though rather short, story about a woman who goes to live in Japan for a few seasons. The story details her culture and how when she moves back home to the states she ends up missing her new family in Japan. The story also includes some really great recipes at the end, and let me tell you, homemade udon noodles rock.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Slice of Life August 29, 2011
Tara, or Tea as she is affectionately known due to the name of her amazing food blog Tea and Cookies ([...]), has given us a tantalizing slice of life in rural Japan. She touchingly describes the awkwardness, in all of its different guises, of being a Westerner in a small Japanese town. The language, customs, holidays, even the food are foreign to her, in spite of having spent summers there as a child. She finds her way, true to a food lover, in the kitchen with the help of her patient homestay mother. This is such a lovely taste of her years there, the tip of the iceberg, and I can only hope that she will produce parts 2 and more soon. Tara has written this book from her heart and what she gives to us with her beautiful prose she also hopes to give back to Japan. She plans to donate proceeds from the book to ongoing tsunami relief in her adopted country. An added bonus are some of her favorite Japanese recipes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A love story August 28, 2011
It is an exquisitely written narrative of the author falling in love. The author spends 3 months in Takayama or High Mountain, living as a member of a local family. She becomes intimate with everyday aspects of life there: from architecture, food, to festivals that are far ingrained into its residents.

The writing is beautifully simple, and narrates the author's experience eloquently. It is as though we can see the world in which she was immersed through her very own eyes.

Highly recommended to those who have visited or wants to visit Japan, as well as to the romantics who believe that we also fall in love with inanimate objects and the surroundings.
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