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The Only Gaijin in the Village

The Only Gaijin in the Village

A Year Living in Rural Japan

by Iain Maloney
Paperback
Publication Date: 19/11/2020
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In 2016 Scottish writer Iain Maloney and his Japanese wife Minori moved to a village in rural Japan. This is the story of his attempt to fit in, be accepted and fulfil his duties as a member of the community, despite being the only foreigner in the village.

Even after more than a decade living in Japan and learning the language, life in the countryside was a culture shock. Due to increasing numbers of young people moving to the cities in search of work, there are fewer rural residents under the retirement age - and they have two things in abundance: time and curiosity.

Iain's attempts at amateur farming, basic gardening and DIY are conducted under the watchful eye of his neighbours and wife. But curtain twitching is the least of his problems. The threat of potential missile strikes and earthquakes is nothing compared to the venomous snakes, terrifying centipedes and bees the size of small birds that stalk Iain's garden.
ISBN:
9781846975141
9781846975141
Category:
Humour
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
19-11-2020
Language:
English
Publisher:
Birlinn, Limited
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
256
Dimensions (mm):
216x138x20.32mm
Iain Maloney

Iain Maloney is an editor and lectures on writing in Japan. He has degrees in English (Aberdeen) and Creative Writing (Glasgow) and has published three novels and a haiku collection.

He reviews regularly for a number of publications including the Japan Times. He moved from Scotland in 2005 and lives in rural Japan with his wife, Minori.

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