Direct Translation Impossible: Tales From the Land of the Rising Sun // by Chad Frisk


Many Westerners are intrigued by Japanese culture, but only a small percentage of them get to see it up close. Very few of them indeed get as close as Chad Frisk.
In his short new book he shares his experiences:
Struggling with and mastering a foreign language

Overcoming culture shock and its neglected cousin, reverse culture shock

Teaching English with no formal training

Breaking into traditional Japanese festivals

Managing cross-cultural miscommunication

Constantly feeling stupid
This book is a window into the life of a foreigner in Japan and will appeal to anyone who is considering teaching English abroad, wants to see Japan from the inside without buying a plane ticket, or enjoys the occasional dose of schadenfreude.