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Confessions of a Japanese Temple Gardener: (P.S - Who's from London, England) (English Edition) von [Stevens, Ben]
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Amazon #1 Bestseller!


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The AMAZON US #1 Bestseller (2015/11/29)

From Ben Stevens, International Bestselling author of THE ENNIN MYSTERIES, BIG SOUND TEMPLE & A GAIJIN'S GUIDE TO JAPAN

'As an American Buddhist priest planning to travel to Japan soon, I ate this book up. Wonderfully done...' winterchevy

Most foreigners travel to Japan to work as language teachers.

Very few go to live and work at a 16th century Buddhist temple.

Ben Stevens has been at Daionji (the name of the temple in Nagasaki City) for over six years.

In this revealing book, he details his life there, set against a rich tapestry of Japanese history, culture and tradition -

*  Exactly what is 'Buddha's Breakfast'?

*  Who is the mysterious Old Man of the Mountain - and why is he being sought by the police?

What do Buddhist priests and monks get up to in their 'down-time'?

*  What takes place at the temple, when the hours of darkness and light are equally balanced?

*  And are there really any benefits to building your own coffin, and then praying to it while you are still alive?

Confessions of a Japanese Temple Gardener: (P.S - Who's from London, England) is a 'must-read' for anyone interested in the Land of the Rising Sun.

AMAZON REVIEWS

'Impossible to put down...' Angela

'Stevens writes about a culture and a way of life denied to most, if not all other foreigners... Absolutely fascinating - read this!...' Robert Twigger, International Bestselling Author of ANGRY WHITE PYJAMAS: AN OXFORD POET TRAINS WITH THE TOKYO RIOT POLICE

'A great book for those with an interest in Japan who are looking for a new perspective into the land of the Rising Sun...' Cheree Smith

'Beautiful reading... Flowing, engaging, inspiring.Loved the book, lived the stories that emerge and creating this beautiful book. Thank you! I will look into some other books by Ben Stevens...' A C

'A great sense of humor and gives a down-to-earth perspective that readers are not likely to encounter in other books...' Alan J. Webb

'I am sorry to have finished it... A fresh look at Japan from an unique perspective....' Chad E Johnson

'Terrific... Especially the stories about temple life...' Anon

'An interesting and educational memoir by an Englishman adopted into Japanese life. Sometimes very funny, it also points up the underlying differences between Japanese and Western society...' C Saunders

'Completely engaging... Stevens writes with a cadence that is nearly poetic, a pace and style that draws the reader in... I can see the temple and the people in my own mind as though I had actually been there...' Lloyd Tackitt (AMAZON #1 Bestselling author of the EDEN series)

'An insider's look at a Japanese Buddhist temple... I enjoyed Ben Stevens' voice in this book...' Shikoku 88

'Well written and maintained my interest to the end...' Spanish Traveller

'Fascinating... Talk about an unique point of view. And the man can write...' Kathleen

'An entertaining, quirky guide to the everyday goings-on in the Land of the Rising Sun...' Joseph Rejek

'An insider's view of everyday life at a Japanese temple...' Shikoku 88

'Definitely not your typical, starry-eyed 'I love everything' Japanese book... Worthwhile...' Russell P. Westbrook, Jr

'I love the books written by Ben Stevens.... Who better to write about life in Japan than from the inside out? Brilliant!...' Chantal Cox

'An excellent insight into life at a Buddhist temple... Particularly enjoyed the insights into the different characters involved in temple life...' Mossyrocks

'Ben Stevens is a neat guy, funny, and you can't beat the insider's view of a Buddhist
temple and the inner workings thereof. I like that his gaijin account isn't a lot of woe-is-me and pain of nail being hammered down stuff. But he actually loves his job, is fascinated by the place he works, and he seems to get along with the boss/relatives. Kinda refreshing...' Tami (Goodreads)

'Very entertaining...' Vikas Datta (Goodreads)

Produktinformation

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 4500 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 151 Seiten
  • Gleichzeitige Verwendung von Geräten: Keine Einschränkung
  • Verlag: Nanbanjin Publishing (16. Dezember 2013)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00AROJISO
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Aktiviert
  • Verbesserter Schriftsatz: Aktiviert
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: Schreiben Sie die erste Bewertung
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #234.097 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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HASH(0x92f38ed0) von 5 Sternen Completely Engaging 23. Januar 2013
Von Lloyd Tackitt - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
This is a series of slices of a very different life. Ben Steven's is a Gaijin living - and working - in Japan. He isn't your every day business man, his work is unusual for an Englishman in Japan. His observations about his life aren't your everyday observations about work and life.

He writes with a cadence that is nearly poetic, a pace and style that draws the reader in. Descriptions of people and places don't get in the way, they flow into and become in large part the essence of his story. It's nearly a biography, but it's very much more than that.

Mr. Stevens describes the every day Japan that a tourist would love to see, but will never be able to, because he lives and breathes the air, works the landscape and intermingles with the people on a day to day basis. History is woven into his story, culture is the landscape of his story, and personalities are the spice.

This is a writer that doesn't have an axe to grind. He is an observer, a true stranger in a strange land with an incredible eye, a wonderful way of describing, and a talent for blending in while seeing with fresh eyes. Mr. Stevens describes the good things of this culture and also the not so great things, but even while describing the not so great - such as Japanese television programming - you sense his love for the people, the land, and the culture.

When you've finished reading the book you will feel like you have just returned from an extensive stay of your own, fresh with wonderful memories. I can see the temple and the people in my own mind as though I had actually been there.

Truth is, had I gone there in person I sincerely doubt I would have seen as much, learned as much, or enjoyed myself as much. If I was going to Japan I would want to read this first so that I could see deeper and experience more when I arrived. But I honestly feel that reading this is better than going.

More Mr. Stevens, much more - and soon please!
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HASH(0x9339c714) von 5 Sternen Very entertaining 16. August 2013
Von Alan J. Webb - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I am an expat living in Taiwan so I can relate to many of the incidents in this book. Ben Stevens is an assistant caretaker and groundskeeper for an ancient Buddhist temple. His wife is the sister of the head monk and he has been able to convince the temple leaders that he can do this job. This unique situation puts Ben in a position to observe Japanese people and culture through the eyes of a westerner. He has a great sense of humor and gives a down-to-earth perspective that readers are not likely to encounter in other books or essays.
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HASH(0x9339c738) von 5 Sternen An insider's look at a Japanese Buddhist temple 29. Dezember 2013
Von Shikoku 88 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I am interested in Japanese Buddhism and enjoyed this book because it gave an insider's view of everyday life at a Japanese temple. More than that though, I enjoyed Ben Stevens' voice in this book--humble, quiet, patient, open and interested. If others are interested in Japanese Buddhism, The 1918 Shikoku Pilgrimage of Takamure Itsue may be of interest, 105 newspaper articles written by Takamure which describe her experiences during her five month pilgrimage.
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HASH(0x93054fe4) von 5 Sternen Quick and entertaining read, only average writing. 4. April 2015
Von Alice Folkart - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Interesting enough. Some wonderful bits that you'd never find elsewhere. The writing is only average and the author uses some odd constructions with no explanation. Instead of saying, "they were sitting," he consistently says, "they were sat." I know he's British, but I don't think I've ever seen British writers do that. Light and quick read whether or not you're interested in things Japanese.
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HASH(0x92fe3f54) von 5 Sternen Modern Japan - Worshiping Buddha and Baseball 15. Februar 2014
Von Whistlers Mom - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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A working-class Englishman, married to a Japanese woman, living and working in a Buddhist temple where his brother-in-law is the priest (an inherited position!) Talk about an unique point of view. And the man can write. The story about the city-wide gathering of Buddhist priests absorbed in conversations about their amateur baseball team was priceless. A wonderful look at modern Japan.
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