Wednesday, September 4, 2019

The Sea of Japan

This book was a departure from my usual reading fare, children’s books, books about teaching reading and helping children with reading disabilities, and books related to essential oils (love my Young Living).  The Sea of Japan was a 344-page vacation. 


This book was school related in the sense that the main character, Lindsey, was a teacher.  She left a horrible teaching assignment in Boston and wound up in Hime, Japan, a small fishing town, teaching English.  While trying to snap a picture by the local bay, Lindsay slipped, knocking herself out after hitting her head, and fell into sea.  Fortunately, Ichiro, the brother of one of her students, saw her fall and rescued her.  That began a friendship which became a business partnership.


Lindsay added fishing with Ichiro on his commercial boat to her teaching duties.  She used what she had learned about fishing from her grandfather, who was a commercial fisherman in Massachusetts. Over time she not only developed skill as a fisherwoman but became involved along with Ichiro in trying to save the fishing industry in Hime.  The detailed plan she, Ichiro, and her friend Judy, developed seemed to be the answer to the demise of Hime.  However, their plan was hijacked by Lindsay’s ex-boyfriend, who showed up in Japan and swept her off her feet again. 


Ichiro and Lindsay were looked to as leaders by the Hime fishermen. The friends frantically tried to save Hime.  things just continued to deteriorate in their town, but their relationship became closer.  Lindsay felt responsible for the bahid things happening, and she made a last-ditch, all-or-nothing gamble to rescue the town she had come to love.  The poignant ending left me in tears.


I found this book to be an interesting read.  Not only does it give insight into Japanese culture, but it explained how the fishing industry worked there.  I even learned a little about sushi making as Lindsay became apprenticed to a master sushi chef in Hime.

Japanese author, Keita Nagano, has won awards for his writing.  He lives in Nevada with his wife.  He is the ultimate American-experience junky, having visited all 50 states, all 30 major league ballparks, and the top 60 big cities in the U.S.  For my next read I want to track down his award-winning missing-child thriller, Kamikakushi.


 Next month most of us teachers will have fall break.  The Sea of Japan would make an entertaining stay-cation read for you.


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