Now and Zen

Now and Zen

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Nori Tanaka is thrilled to be studying abroad in Tokyo, Japan, but it isn't exactly what she had imagined. She expected tranquil gardens and swoopy-roofed houses, not concrete and neon. And everyone assumes that, with her traditional Japanese features, she's a native instead of the naïve Japanese-American that she really is. Even Erik, a gorgeous German student, mistakes Nori for Japanese, and treats her like a personal tour guide. Nori is sure that he'll like her for who she is once he gets to know her, so what harm can come of temporarily pretending to be Japanese? It doesn't take long to realize that she has a lot to learn about Japan, and about herself, before she can pass for a native. But after exploring the karaoke clubs in Tokyo, the peaceful temples in Kyoto, and the tranquil heights of Mt. Fuji, Nori knows she has a good chance of finding the hidden Japanese spirit and Zen mindset within herself.

Title:Now and Zen
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780142406571
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    Now and Zen Reviews

  • Joel Kirk

    I’ve previously read “The Great Call of China” by Cynthea Liu in the SASS (Students Across the Seven Seas) series and found that book to appeal to various demographics (e.g. age, genders, and ra...

  • Sherri F.

    Maybe not quite a 4, but close and much better than I expected. Since it's target audience is YA and I'm quite a bit older (by the #'s at least), I go into reading knowing it might not work for me on ...

  • Dayla

    I will admit that this book wasn’t as bad as the last two I read from this series. There was a frustrating love triangle where the MC was a total jerk and was somehow blind to the creepy words and a...

  • Reggie Virus

    Unexpected book I found in a Little Free Library in San Diego. I only picked this because of the cover art and the title, boy am I so happy I did! This was a cute book and I wish I had this opportunit...

  • Abby Johnson

    Nori Tanaka is getting away from her feuding parents and going to Japan on an exchange program. She didn't particularly want to go to Japan, she just wanted to go SOMEWHERE to get away from her parent...

  • Emily Collins

    I never really can find many books based in Japan (that are written in English, that is), which is part of the reason why I jumped at the chance to read this book. I haven't read many of the SASS seri...

  • Michelle

    3.75 stars, but for my sentimental reasons, I'm bumping it up to a 4.This was my second reread in this series, and I was a little more drawn to this book. I cringed at the recurring scenario of having...

  • Inkish Kingdoms

    Full review on:https://inkishkingdoms.wordpress.com/...“Now and Zen” is a nice reading for all the ages. It might be full of common topics, regular struggles, and regular teachings but its is so w...

  • Sun

    It's my first read book in the holiday before term 4. Life is quite light with such a book. At first, I just pick the book because my friend was going to have a trip in Japan for 2 weeks. By reading t...

  • Ayman Hasan

    This was a lot better than I thought it would be! Assumed it'd be really childish but it was actually cute and had some nice (yet cliche) messages in it. Cute small read ...