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Tune In Tokyo: The Gaijin Diaries | [Tim Anderson]

Tune In Tokyo: The Gaijin Diaries

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.
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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.

©2012 Tim Anderson (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Andrew Hsieh San Jose, CA USA 07-17-14
    Andrew Hsieh San Jose, CA USA 07-17-14

    Read books. not too many. Mostly good ones.

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    "A series of hit-or-miss vignettes"
    If you could sum up Tune In Tokyo in three words, what would they be?

    Underwhelming. Deadpan. Diverting.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tim Anderson's pretty much the only character around. The other people in the memoir are by and large unmemorable, though there are some exceptions (his account of his ill-fated rock band is particularly nice.)


    Did MacLeod Andrews do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    MacLeod Andrews was mostly good, except for when he tried to speak Japanese and speak in a Japanese accent. Then it was sometimes offensive.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Sometimes I would laugh out loud, sometimes I would chuckle, but overall I listened in stoic silence trying to figure out when the next time I would laugh was.


    Any additional comments?

    In general, I don't laugh a whole lot (ha ha). This particular read though was not bad. It was an interesting, if seemingly dated (no talk of cell phones here), jaunt through Japan. Though many observations were a bit stereotypical (Anderson's description of Japanese people's formalities, for instance), and though Andrews' reading was sometimes more than just stereotypical (intentional changing of r's to l's, for instance), it was overall vaguely amusing. I enjoyed greatly that the story was a bunch of vignettes in Anderson's life, but I would have liked to see greater insights into Japanese culture. Overall: not bad. But not great.

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    Cwyb 07-11-14
    Cwyb 07-11-14

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    "Fun and wacky story for japanophiles"
    What did you like best about Tune In Tokyo? What did you like least?

    I liked the author relatability, he rarely talked himself up. However I did not like his flowery "poetic" tangents.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It was okay. I was hoping for juuuuust a bit more.


    Which character – as performed by MacLeod Andrews – was your favorite?

    Roy from philadelphia. Spot on.


    Did Tune In Tokyo inspire you to do anything?

    It actually did! I'm honestly considering going over to Japan and teaching English now.


    Any additional comments?

    Decent budget read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tim United States 05-31-14
    Tim United States 05-31-14 Member Since 2011

    I don't write book reports.

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    "Comic Relief on Japanese Culture"

    "Tune in Tokyo" is about a man who is also happen to be gay that goes to Japan to teach English. Basically, it's Tim Anderson's memoirs about his experience at teaching in a foreign country. If you like stand up comedy and pop culture than this one is for you. If you are looking for a guide book to Asia, you should look elsewhere. I had a few laugh out loud moments while listening to this one, but I also wanted to know more about the culture of teaching in Japan. Maybe less laughs and more facts? The best way to describe this book is an episode of This American Life. It is something that they would report because of the comic relief on Japanese culture.

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    fl0werch1ld 05-30-14
    fl0werch1ld 05-30-14
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    "Funny"
    What made the experience of listening to Tune In Tokyo the most enjoyable?

    This was a light , insightful romp through Japan


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tune In Tokyo?

    LOL where are all the lesbians???


    Have you listened to any of MacLeod Andrews’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    laughed ALOT


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    S. LaBossiere 11-20-12
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    "Interesting and funny"
    If you could sum up Tune In Tokyo in three words, what would they be?

    Humorous, engaging, fun


    What does MacLeod Andrews bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Andrews really has a great sense of timing and seemed to "get" the humor of the author. He made the ride more fun.


    Any additional comments?

    Takes you on the author's journey as a gay American in Japan. I wasn't sure if I would enjoy it, but found the story interesting and quite often would just burst out laughing while listening. I went away with a greater appreciation of and respect for Japanese culture. Tim Anderson is refreshingly transparent. I enjoyed his life adventure.

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    Jane 02-01-13
    Jane 02-01-13
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    "You'll learn almost nothing about life in Japan"
    Would you try another book from Tim Anderson and/or MacLeod Andrews?

    Absolutely not


    Has Tune In Tokyo turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes. I've decided that when an author embarks on an adventure just to get a book out of it rarely leads to a good book.

    I bought this book because I thought I'd learn about Japanese culture and daily life. Rather it was the diary of a down and out 20-something who goes to Japan to teach english. I did not care about his creepy roomates or his employer.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by MacLeod Andrews?

    Sure.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    There were a few moments where I did gain some insight into Japanese culture and life.


    Any additional comments?

    I do need to admit that I could not finish the book. I tried skipping sections to find something new but every time I did that I landed on more of the same.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    William Houston, TX, United States 07-03-14
    William Houston, TX, United States 07-03-14 Member Since 2011

    Over the road truck Driver listen to books to make the miles go by.

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    "Homo does Japan!"

    This is a homosexual's view of Japan. He makes no explanation nor expects any recriminations. He is simply teaching English to non-English speakers and learning Nipponese while doing so. I thought perhaps this might be humorous, but it wasn't.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Wennerholm 06-01-14
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

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    What could Tim Anderson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

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    0 of 6 people found this review helpful

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