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  • By: Chris Broad
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  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (589 ratings)
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Summary

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When Englishman Chris Broad landed in a rural village in northern Japan he wondered if he'd made a huge mistake. With no knowledge of the language and zero teaching experience, was he was about to be the most quickly fired English teacher in Japan's history?

Abroad in Japan charts a decade of living in a foreign land and the chaos and culture clash that comes with it. Packed with hilarious and fascinating stories, this book seeks out to unravel one the world's most mysterious and impenetrable cultures.

Spanning 10 years and 47 prefectures, Chris takes us from the chilling summit of Mount Fuji to the chaotic neon-lit streets of Tokyo. With blockbuster moments such as a terrifying North Korean missile incident, a Japanese national TV experience gone horribly wrong and a week spent with Japan's biggest movie star, Ken Watanabe, Abroad in Japan is an extraordinary and informative journey through the Land of the Rising Sun.

©2023 Chris Broad (P)2023 Penguin Audio

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From wide-eyed exchange teacher to seasoned youtuber, Chris Broad explores Japan in all its quirky glory, surviving earthquakes, North Korean missile alerts, cat cafe allergies and Love Hotel evictions. Endlessly fascinating! (Will Ferguson, author of Hokkaido Highway Blues)
Fascinating, fact-packed and very funny. Broad's wry humour, in-depth knowledge and adept storytelling make him an engaging guide to the bewildering Japanese experience. Accurately captures the excitement and dream-like disorientation of a foreigner discovering Japan. An excellent and enjoyable read for the Japan-curious. I loved it and learned a lot. (Sam Baldwin, author of For Fukui's Sake: Two years in rural Japan)
Chris Broad's wry, self-deprecating memoir carves a unique path across Japan bringing him into contact with far too many cats, heartening renewal in Tohoku, and even pizza with Ken Watanabe. This is a thoroughly contemporary book, a memoir of life in Japan that couldn't have been written at any other point in history. (Iain Maloney, author of The Only Gaijin in the Village)

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Very good

Big fan of his youtube and started this in the morning and had it finished by the time i was going to bed. Very enjoyable

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A masterpiece.

A greatest hits of Chris’ Japan experience, filled with laugh out loud moments, and poignant self reflection.

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Loved it!

Thank you Chris for writing down your past 10 years.

Incredible story, to be proud of.

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An engrossing listen not just for fans

I've been looking forward to the Abroad in Japan book and can now say that it exceeds expectations. I found Chris' story of taking the plunge in the face of anxiety and finding success funny and inspiring. As a fan, I was familiar with many of the stories included, but his writing and performance had me engrossed to the point where I listened to the whole book in a day. Highly recommended.

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Such an entertaining listen!

I throughly enjoyed Abroad in Japan. Its deep dive into the cultural uniqueness of Japan was made all the more entertaining by Chris' humour, fish-out-of-water perspective and great narration. Would reccomend it to anyone fascinated by Japan or far flung locations generally.

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so much more than YouTube or the podcast

This was so much more than Chris on YouTube or his podcast with Pete. This stands up on its own as a truly entertaining and insightful retrospective of his experience in Japan.

if you don't follow Chris or know who he is.. it doesn't matter. if you are interested in Japan or Japan from the perspective of someone from the west, this book is a must.

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Entertaining read

I have been following Chris’ journey on YouTube for quite a few years and was looking forward to learning more about his early years in Japan and life in general. Chris’ writing is entertaining and I enjoyed the first 2/3 of the book very much. But with his move away from Sakata to Sendai the story peters out somewhat and the last few chapters seem to be more a collection of important events in Chris’ life than an evolving story.

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An entertaining journey

The journey Chris has taken during his time in Japan is fascinating to listen to. I burst out laughing several times over the course of the book, relating to Chris as a fellow Englishman who has also found himself in ridiculous situations whilst living abroad.

This is an easy listen with excellent narration from the author. If you've seen and enjoy his YouTube channels content, then this book will be right up your alley.

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What a voice

Fabulous story well told with some dripping sarcasm thrown in for good measure. Enjoy a tail and travels around Japan and the people met along the way. Oh and fried chicken

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A thoroughly enjoyable account of what it’s like to be a foreigner in Japan

I really enjoyed this thoughtful account of living in Japan by a YouTuber who also seems to be a very talented and funny writer. I was looking for a book to cheer me up after a tough week and this really hit the spot. A lot of Chris’s accounts reminded me of my own experience of being a foreigner living abroad in my 20s but I’m full of admiration for the way he really embraced it (I didn’t so much!). It’s a lesson to us all for how to get the most out of life! I’d never heard of the YouTube channel but looking forward to binging. Thanks Chris Broad, you’re a gem!

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