Because Japan is a truly unabashed account of the less publicised side of life in Tokyo for a ‘foreigner’. The book offers a witty, vivid and honest insight into the daily life of a British Expat over the course of two years. The author narrates stories taken from his “Journal of Firsts” which depict many new events including his first struggle, first mental challenge, and first exciting moment he faced living in this strange and fascinating new world. Through the use of newly learned Japanese phrases whilst travelling the country, themes of soul-searching, overcoming mental health obstacles, sexual orientation, racial discrimination, and culture shock are explored with honesty and candour. With the addition of a train-based mini series of hilarious encounters, Because Japan offers a behind the scenes insight into the ‘real’ Japan.
About the Author
Ash Watson has a degree in Animal Biology and a working history in Veterinary Care, but his world turned upside down when he picked up Japanese classes again.
Ash’s connections with Japan began in 2005 when he started to travel frequently to Tokyo. He lived and worked as a teacher in a reputable private high school in North Tokyo from 2016-2018. He taught 10 different subjects and ran 3 clubs to 13-18 year old Japanese girls, all in English.