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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 #8 - Thanksgiving in Japan? Nov. 25, 2020

Every year at this time, I have people ask me 'How was your Thanksgiving?'

Maybe they forget I live in Japan, or they think I'm going to get the other 11 Westerners who live in Tambasasayama together for a turkey hunt. Not that I've ever seen a turkey here or any other Asian country. (We do have pheasants!)

 As I write about in my new book, LIVE FROM JAPAN!, Japanese do "borrow" some of our holidays. Thanksgiving is definitely not one of them. Nor is the 4th of July.

There's a good reason for this.

Truth is, I can't find anything in the historical record about Pilgrims landing here. Last time ships arrived for a "cross-cultural exchange" was when the Mongols invaded in 1281. They didn't come here for a picnic or to trade blankets for beads. Plunder, pillage, and rape were the main items on their agenda.

Let me do some wild speculating and offer this:  If we were to celebrate Thanksgiving here in Japan, it's infinitely more likely that you would see the platter above, than one with a big greasy turkey, as appealing as that is. Sadly, tuna, shrimp, octopus, and eel don't say 'gobble gobble' before being diced up and put to lie in state on a bed of rice. Maybe they say, 'blub blub'. Not sure.

Anyway . . . whatever you eat this precious American holiday, enjoy the time with the ones you love. Eat well, stay safe, be healthy . . . Happy Thanksgiving! 

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