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For Fukui's Sake: Two years in rural Japan (English Edition) di [Baldwin, Sam]
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Far from the high-tech, high-rise of the super-cities, there lies another Japan.

A Japan where snakes slither down school corridors, where bears prowl dark forests and where Westerners are still regarded as curious creatures. Welcome to the world of the inaka – the Japanese countryside.

Unhappily employed in the UK, Sam Baldwin decides to make a big change. Saying sayonara to laboratory life, he takes a job as an English teacher in a small, rural Japanese town that no one – the Japanese included – has ever heard of.

Arriving in Fukui, where there’s ‘little reason to linger’ according to the guidebook, at first he wonders why he left England. But as he slowly settles in to his unfamiliar new home, Sam befriends a colourful cast of locals and begins to discover the secrets of this little known region.

Helped by headmasters, housewives and Himalayan mountain climbers, he immerses himself in a Japan still clutching its pastoral past and uncovers a landscape of lonely lakes, rice fields and lush mountain forests. Joining a master drummer’s taiko class, skiing over paddies and learning how to sharpen samurai swords, along the way Sam encounters farmers, fishermen and foreigners behaving badly.

Exploring Japan’s culture and cuisine, as well as its wild places and wildlife, For Fukui’s Sake is an adventurous, humorous and sometimes poignant insight into the frustrations and fascinations that face an outsider living in small town, backcountry Japan.


Sam Baldwin spent two years working as an English teacher on the JET Programme in the small town of Ono, in Fukui prefecture, Japan. For Fukui’s Sake is a true account of his adventures. He has written about travel for The Guardian, The Times, The Independent and The Scotsman, and has contributed to numerous magazines and guide books. He now lives in Edinburgh and works as a writer and editor for an international online travel company. See more at

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  • Lunghezza stampa: 211
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  • Editore: Baka Books; 1 edizione (9 settembre 2011)
  • Venduto da: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Lingua: Inglese
  • ASIN: B005M9TF78
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2 di 2 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
4.0 su 5 stelle Entertaining 9 dicembre 2016
Di Serena - Pubblicato su
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I like this book a lot because it's about the Japan most people don't expect---the wild and beautiful Japan. The Japan off the beaten track.

Mr. Baldwin was hired by the JET program to teach English in rural Japan. Sam Baldwin wanted to be in rural Japan because he hoped to pursue his interests in snowboarding, hiking, climbing and just being in the great outdoors. He found the perfect people to help him explore those areas and took advantage of everything that area of Japan had to offer. I especially liked that he took the school dog on very long walks which were great adventures for the dog, I am sure, and a wonderful way for Sam to gain intimate knowledge of the country surrounding the school.

I liked hearing about Sam's rural adventures and I also like that he traveled to other areas of Japan. There are a lot of books written by westerners who lived in Japan a couple of years. My pet peeve is that they assume that all of Japan is exactly like where they lived. As another reviewer said, "Japan is a contradiction". You cannot know Japan by visiting one place. I have been all over Japan many times and have found that each area is as different in culture and geography as each state in the U.S. is different from every other state. Sam did travel to large cities, but he also went to Hokkaido which is very different from the other three main islands.

The author did mention that his girlfriend came to Japan about the same time he did. Unlike other readers I was relieved not to hear about his girlfriend. I wanted to hear about Japan, not his love life. And the comment "about his manhood" that another reviewer mentioned was not exactly that. It was a tiny, tiny comment that was not personal. Nothing to focus on.

The writing was competent--so much more so than most of these books. I am not surprised Mr. Baldwin went on to become an editor and writer.

There are a few really great books about living in Japan especially the books by Alan Booth. I also liked At Home in Japan by Rebecca Otowa and The Road Through Miyama by Leila Philip. Oh, and I loved A Ride in the Neon Sun by Josie Dew--once I got through the first 90 pages. And then there are a few really horrible books. There are a lot of okay books and there are some that are better than okay like For Fukui's Sake. Even some of the not so great ones are very entertaining like Memoirs of a Gaijin which is very poorly spelled and written, but fun. For Fukui's Sake, in my opinion is above average and, for me, interesting.

My only disappointment is that he had not been back to Japan. I hope he has returned since the book was published.
11 di 11 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
4.0 su 5 stelle very enjoyable and informative 31 gennaio 2012
Di pjf - Pubblicato su
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This light hearted memoir of the author's two years teaching English in Japanese schools in rural Fukui Japan is worth a purchase if you are interested in the experiences of a Westerner upon coming to live in rural Japan. The author is young, and much of the book pertained to him seeking out congenial companions to participate in his pet hobbies of snow boarding and camping. There was a mix of ancient and modern with visits to rock concerts interspersed with accounts of traditional Japanese customs and activities. It's also mildly humorous. The one thing I would have wished is the author discussing his teaching, students and classes more. He discusses teachers, but not students or teaching itself, odd, since that was his profession. But apart from that, this book was interesting. I finished it in a few days and I consider it worth a purchase if you are interested in the subject matter.
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4.0 su 5 stelle A fun read 22 dicembre 2011
Di PjH - Pubblicato su
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This book should be of interest to anyone interested in life outside of Japan's big cities. Here is a sympathetic and entertaining account of a wide-eyed young Englishman drinking deeply of all that life in a remote Japanese town can offer. Which is quite a lot, we learn. Where many, myself included, I fear, would think such a place boring and unattractive, Sam is discovers a a world as wide and intriguing as any one might find in a teeming city like Tokyo. I recommend this book to all Japan lovers and armchair travelers.

The author's account is always interesting but the book itself is a bit uneven. Perhaps because this is an inuagural venture. People and places can appear and then, just as quickly, disappear. The author's girlfriend, for example. We learn that the two of them had intended to go to Japan together but that hadn't worked out. He goes alone but she finds a way to follow. They live together for a short time and there's a problem and she's essentially absent from the rest of the narrative, though she apparently remains his "girlfriend". The book is really a collection of episodes that don't necessarily make a unified account. Beyond this, there are frequent grammatical and spelling errors. At book's end, we learn that the author is now doing writing and editing. Hmm. I think he could use some help with the editing part.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Loved it 30 maggio 2017
Di Isabella A. - Pubblicato su
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Really enjoyed this book.
Very different to my usual genres.
And the bonus was I learned so much about the Japanese way of life.
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5.0 su 5 stelle I enjoyed this story 10 febbraio 2016
Di Jack_Roberts - Pubblicato su
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I enjoyed this story, especially since I am currently a volunteer English teacher in East Asia. I loved the author's openness to and respect for this new culture. I think he had a great attitude about his experience in Japan and reminded me to be joyful in my own work in Asia.

The story engaged me throughout, but as other reviewers have noted, there are quite a few errors in the book. The author's verb tense suddenly switches, and there are grammar and spelling mistakes. While these make the book less polished, to me, they did not make the book less enjoyable.
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