Tune In Tokyo

  • by Tim Anderson
  • Narrated by MacLeod Andrews
  • 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Everyone wants to escape their boring, stagnant lives full of inertia and regret. But so few people actually have the bravery to run - run away from everything and selflessly seek out personal fulfillment on the other side of the world where they don’t understand anything and won’t be expected to. The world is full of cowards.
Tim Anderson was pushing 30 and working a string of dead-end jobs when he made the spontaneous decision to pack his bags and move to Japan. It was a gutsy move, especially for a tall, white, gay Southerner who didn’t speak a lick of Japanese. But his life desperately needed a shot of adrenaline, and what better way to get one than to leave behind his boyfriend, his cat, and his Siouxsie and the Banshees box set to move to “a tiny, overcrowded island heaving with clever, sensibly proportioned people who make him look fat”?
In Tokyo, Tim became a “gaijin”, an outsider whose stumbling progression through Japanese culture is minutely chronicled in these 16 hilarious stories. Despite the steep learning curve and the seemingly constant humiliation, the gaijin from North Carolina gradually begins to find his way. Whether playing drums on the fly in an otherwise all-Japanese noise band or attempting to keep his English classroom clean when it’s invaded by an older female student with a dirty mind, Tim comes to realize that living a meaningful life is about expecting the unexpected...right when he least expects it.


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Customer Reviews

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a funny insight to living in Japan

I picked up this audio book expecting a dry and factual travel story.. thats not what i got at all, its actually a really amusing tale of the authors life in Japan over the course of a year and a half while working as a English Teacher.. our litirary gaijin spins an interesting story of life in a way different from his suburban American roots with tales of psychotic drunken flatmates, strange customs and falling in love with a culture so alien to him.

Ok. you wont learn much in the way of Japanese language or customs from this book but you woll come away with a desire to experience the lifestyle yoursrlf someday.. a highly enjoyable read indeed.
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- Alan

Hilarious western view of Japan

Excellently voiced, this chronicle of culture shock when hitting Japan had been my favorite audio book to date. Some of the content is a bit inappropriate for younger listeners but I've laughed happily through it. Even keener to get to Japan now!
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- David Hill

Book Details

  • Release Date: 25-09-2012
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio