Notes From Further West - A Japanese Memoir: Here There Be Dragons

Notes From Further West - A Japanese Memoir: Here There Be Dragons

by Salle Hayden


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Notes from Further West is a memoir and retrospective of Salle's time in Japan in the early 1980s as she looked back at that time from 2014. This is a unique viewpoint from a professional English teacher with a great deal to say about the culture, the time in history, and the effect it all had on the lives of herself and her family.
The book is built on the monthly newsletters called Notes From Further West that Salle sent to have her father distribute to the mailing list of people who wanted to know about her and her adventure. Salle and her son, Scott arrived in Japan in April of 1980, with no language and no knowledge of what they were getting into. This is a coming of age story for Scott and an education of an educator.
Over the five and a half years that Salle spent in Okayama City, Sister City to her home of San Jose, California, you can follow along as you see what the poet saw, and feel what the poet felt. There is isolation and integration, immersion language study for both and even a new way of looking at the weather. When Salle returned to the United States in October 1985 she had developed a bilingual system of the language and a cultural understanding that she surfed as a great wave into a new life.
Enjoy the experience alongside the author. See Japan in a whole new light.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781944273002
Publisher: Technology and Imagination Press
Publication date: 03/12/2016
Pages: 188
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.43(d)

About the Author

Salle Hayden has an extensive knowledge of literature, languages and linguistics, world religions, the arts (history, painting in oil & watercolor, sculpture, pottery - in Japan - and antiques), music, creative writing, technical editing, comparative cultures, animal behavior, nutrition and has performed in drama - stage and cinema - as well as teaching performance.
While teaching in the United States (and Japan for 5½ years) from the 1970s, she attended San Jose State University for a BA in American Literature and an MA in Linguistics. She also attended the C. Howard University of Excellence for Certification as a Master Practitioner of NLP, Performance Coach and Hypnotist, and then studied Alcohol & Drug Counseling at the Christian Institute of San Jose. She continued with Certification as a teacher of The 3 Principals, formerly known as Health Realization, at the Health & Hospital Services Department of Santa Clara County.
Today she is tutoring adults in ESL and children in elementary subjects. She is an authorized representative of American-made Class II Medical devices that benefit people all around the world. She continues her artwork by creating and selling night lights of agate and American oak. She has also begun her first novel, a fictionalization of her family tree.

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