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The Only Gaijin in the Village

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

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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.

'Intelligent, warm-hearted, down-to-earth and often very funny.' — Alan Spence

ISBN9781846975141
Book Title

The Only Gaijin in the Village

Publisher

Birlinn

Imprint

Polygon

Genre

Travel Writing

Format

Paperback

Dimensions

216mm x 137mm

Date Published

March 2020

Pages

256

WeightN/A

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