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John Rachel

John Rachel

Los Angeles, California

John Rachel has a B. A. in Philosophy, has traveled extensively, is a songwriter and music producer, and has written 13 books. He cooks everyday for his Japanese wife.

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John Rachel has a B. A. in Philosophy, has traveled extensively, is a songwriter and music producer, and an evolutionary humanist. He has spent his life trying to resolve the intrinsic clash between the metaphysical purity of Buddhism and the overwhelming appeal of narcissism.

He is author of nine novels, three non-fiction political books, and one creative non-fiction fantasy/travel/cookbook, as well as hundreds of articles, short stories, and poems. Currently in development is a new novel set in Africa, and an American satire on the self-help crazes of the 80s and 90s.

Author Rachel has explored or lived in thirty-four countries since leaving America August of 2006. He now lives in a quiet, traditional, rural Japanese community, where he finds infinite delight in the ringing of temple bells three times a day by monks at a local Shinto shrine. These days he is mostly immersed in good vibrations.
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Update #64 - A Special Reward for Getting Old Sept. 23, 2022

I had a wonderful surprise earlier this week . . .

I knew it was a national holiday.  
But honestly, I didn't give it much thought.

Then the doorbell rang and I was handed
a special gift package from my home town.

It was Respect for the Aged Day!

You can read all about it here . .  

Life In Japan: Where Aging Is Valued

Why do I write blogs? 

Why did I write? . . .
Live From Japan!   

I write to entertain, and make people happy.

It appears that I've hit the mark with 
the readers of LIVE FROM JAPAN!

"LIVE FROM JAPAN is a lovely book in many ways. The spirit of the book is to encourage community between John Rachel's adopted country and his birth country and the book itself invites, entertains, nourishes and charms, supporting that end." - Amazon Review April 26, 2021"

An expats perspective which sheds light on the unique and quirky aspects of Japanese country life. Highlights include anecdotal descriptions of the great care taken in daily rituals, food customs, and the courtesy extended to people and place." - Amazon Review May 15, 2021

"John's perceptions reminded me of my mixture of awe and puzzlement over Japanese ways and how each generation has distinctive formative influences." - Amazon Review March 15, 2021

 LIVE FROM JAPAN!

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