My Mother is a Tractor

A Life in Japan on the JET Programme Book

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Latest Review:

Great book. Great insight. Funny as all it could be. So enjoying the tale and honestly recommend it to all, not just those who might be thinking of heading over there to teach. For anybody thinking of the JET Program or doing any TEFL work this would be an essential manual on how things really work over there.

"Laugh out loud!" - Amazon review

A "must read..." - The Crazy Japan Times and Japan Rough Guide!

JET Programme Book

Less than six months after chucking in his management job to take up teaching Nicholas Klar finds himself on the JET Program and a plane to Japan - ending up as an ALT teaching English in Omi (now Itoigawa City) in the far reaches of rural Niigata prefecture - see map below or click here to see a movie (Japanese only).

Never one to be taken too seriously he spends two years far beyond the beaten tourist path in often carousing encounters with Elvis impersonators, love hotels, toilets, train schedules, cults, hostess girls, freezing weather, the local garbage-man and postal workers, plus the recording of a bizarre incident where a cow apparently falls out of the sky.

Combining humour, wonder and a good deal of eclectic research the author veritably crams his pages chock-full of tales of culture shock, humorous anecdotes and insights, reflections upon his own life and cultural baggage, strange facts, plus cultural incongruities and marvels. He inevitably falls in with a motley crew of acquaintances along the way and revealed are many of the personalities he encounters - both Japanese and foreigners.

My Mother is a Tractor is rollicking, fact-filled ride through the Land of the Rising Sun that will both amuse and inform.

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Used for university courses in both America and Japan

Added to the 'Japan' collection of the National Diet Library of Japan
(REF: GB63-B82) 09/2007

japan map

A "life in Japan" on the "JET Program" book. Find us at Niigata JET website

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