Gaijin Story – Accessible Japan Book Review


Gaijin Story – Accessible Japan Book Review

Born in Sheffield in 1978, Michael Gillan Peckitt studied Philosophy at the University of Hull, obtaining his Bachelor’s degree in 2001 and his PhD in 2010.  He has had left-sided spastic hemiplegic cerebral palsy and epilepsy since birth. He has had teaching posts at various universities and is currently a part time lecturer at Osaka University.  Michael wrote a book of essays about the first two years of life in Japan in Gaijin Story: Tales of a British Disabled Man in Japan.

Many people have written about the foreign experience in Japan. However, Michael writes from a new perspective, including not only contrasts of his new environs with his native Britain, but also his feelings as a man with a disability. While it may sound like something one may not easily relate to, Michael’s writing style wipes away any barriers to entering his world.

Gaijin Story: Tales of a British Disabled Man in JapanThe essays range from a gut-wrenching story of physical attacks due to his disability back home in the UK, to random English lessons in Japanese pubs – all well being nicely peppered with great quotes… and earthquake reports.  And in every situation, Michael’s dry humor keeps things moving along.

It is around 55-pages and makes a great companion for a lazy afternoon.  At only 100 yen, it is a great buy and easy to recommend.

You can buy Gaijin Story: Tales of a British Disabled Man on Amazon.

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