Memoirs of an American Housewife in Japan
Living in Japan and ignorant of complicated rules of Japanese social behavior was a challenge, but Pauline Hager prevailed in spite of her many faux pas.
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An American housewife's husband is offered a position in Japan to work on a multinational project. After much soul-searching they accept, and their lives are never the same. Living in the countryside in housing specifically designed for Westerners, surrounded with friendly neighbors from The European Union, Canada, Russia, Japan and the U.S., the Hagers thrive. Pauline gingerly maneuvers through complicated rules of Japanese social behavior, never knowing when a simple faux pas would be construed as an intolerable violation of proper conduct. Every day was a challenge and Pauline learned the hard way, such as wearing the wrong dinner kimono in a Japanese inn, or the wrong toilet slippers. Driving on the left side (British style)on narrow, winding roads was a particularly harrowing experience. Grocery shopping turns into a guessing game, not knowing how to read the labels. Although life in Japan was a challenge, a close network of Japanese and fellow expatriate friends enabled the Hagers to prevail.