The Blue-eyed Salaryman: From World Traveller to Lifer at Mitsubishi
5 journalers for this copy...
A frog in a well knows not the ocean indeed, really made me think of Japan in general.
"Foreign students are visitors. Visitors should not stay too long in faraway places or they will forget to go back." Really sums up the ex-pat life well and makes me wonder about the future of some Nova fossils.
"Your hobby is something outside of work that you do at least once a year. If you do nothing but watch TV and sleep, your hobby is what you did, at least once, when you were a student." Then why on earth is sleeping a favorite hobby? If I had one yen for every time I heard that I'd be independently wealthy.
This was a very interesting read, I can't imagine life as a salaryman to begin with -- although he made the point that 'real' salarymen don't have blue eyes - and certainly can't imagine working for a Japanese company for fourteen years.
Timely read with the demise of Nova.
SKingList - USA
NMReader - US, US only
Azuki - US (US/CA)
Goddess-Of-Fire - US prefers US, can do Int'l
Icila - France, Int'l OK
thursoexile - UK
Midlifecrisis - UK
LeishaCamden - Norway (int'l OK)
hippolein - Finland (int'l OK)
daisyflower123 - Germany
totoroandmei - Japan (int'l - surface)
meexia - Singapore
awaywithfairies - Australia (prefers Aus only, can do int'l if necessary)
tqd - Australia (int'l OK if needed)
amberc - NT, Australia (prefers Aus only)
whitequeen - QLD (Int'l OK)
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
Label printed and done, will be dropped in the mail en route to the 8:11 bus. Enjoy and happy travels.
I finished this book this morning. I enjoyed reading the book but felt like the ending was a little abrupt.
It was an interesting look into working for a large Japanese company. I realized that I would never fit in as a salaryman (partly because I am female). I liked some of how they ran their company and was horrified by other parts.
Overall a good read but the abrupt ending diminished my enjoyment.
Thanks for letting me participate in the ring. I will mail over my lunch later this week.
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WILD RELEASE NOTES:
Mailed via first class mail to Azuki. Enjoy.
Anyway, I am reading another ring book now and this will be next. I will read it asap to keep this going soon again.
I will be mailing this out within the week to the next reader.
I enjoyed the book very much. Though some things about living and working in Japan seem like fun and seem like they make a lot of sense, other parts seem way over the top. (I found the "safety" meeting especially amusing.)
Thank you very much for sharing!
PMing Icila for address.
I'm worrying about all the mistakes I certainly made when visiting Japan many years ago.
08/03/26. On its way to U.K.