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Now and Zen [Reading] ➽ Now and Zen By Linda Gerber – Nori Tanaka is thrilled to be studying abroad in Tokyo Japan but it isn’t exactly what she had imagined She expected tranuil gardens and swoopy roofed houses not concrete and neon And everyone assum Nori Tanaka is thrilled to be studying abroad in Tokyo Japan but it isn’t exactly what she had imagined She expected tranuil 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 Now and Epub / 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 tranuil heights of Mt Fuji Nori knows she has a good chance of finding the hidden Japanese spirit and Zen mindset within herself.

10 thoughts on “Now and Zen

  1. Joel Kirk Joel Kirk says:

    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 eg age genders and racial backgrounds Liu offered an engaging story that combined romance family values with Asian culture Unfortunately “Now and Zen” by Lisa Gerber seems to do everything opposite the Liu book For example there is inconsistent pacing a female lead that doesn’t mature or grow by the end of the book no charismatic or appealing Asian male characters and – for the most part uninteresting supporting charactersGerber seems to have her Asian female lead Nori Tanaka surrounded by primarily Caucasians and seems to push the idea that European standards of beauty should be admired especially by this Asian female Early in the novel Nori calls a group of Caucasian males ‘hotties’ – particularly one who is blonde American media tends to push the white maleAsian female relationships as ‘normal’ and have other relationships eg usually a black individual opposite a non black individual as controversial or a time to discuss race It’s interesting on Nori’s trip to Japan she doesn’t notice any Asian males or any other men of color Granted she ‘can’ have a liking for white males but we are not told why As aforementioned if the lead was a black female rather than Asian there probably would have been a chapter devoted to discussing the why’s and how’s that hypothetical black female lead liked a non black man; a long discussion of race Hence Gerber perpetuates the racial double standards for Asians and other non whites particularly black people Gerber perpetuates the stereotypical focus on Asians as the ‘safe minorities’ or the ‘model minorities’ Nori’s roommate Amberly Bryson is Caucasian and blonde as well Only she is female Amberly Bryson is as looking like a Barbie doll and she is depicted as a bimbo Yet she turns out to be a voice of reason towards the end of the novel It comes off as awkward based on her characterization for most of the novelThe moment when Nori is supposed to grow or find some sort of life enlightenment is when she meets an aunt and uncle while on her Japan trip This is when the book slowed down for me This is also when I felt the author didn’t fully immerse me in the surroundings or the relevance of said aunt and uncle If the aunt and uncle didn’t add much relevance to Nori’s growth of a person her overall experiences didn’t teach her anything Erik a blonde German boy she is infatuated with refers to her as a geisha towards the end of the novel Even though she tells him to stop and is depicted as uncomfortable she still has a liking for him Now this can be attributed to her being a teenage girl but this not only comes off as naïvebut dumb on her part Is the author trying to say something about bad boys and the girls who go after them? Or is the author trying to comment on Asian femalewhite male relationships?Erik turning villainous towards the end comes off as anticlimactic For most of the novel he is so wonderful so handsome but suddenly he verbally disrespects Nori There is no buildup to his evilness and there is no follow up to tell us ‘why’ he turned evil or if he was always like that He just comes off as a stereotypical white guy who feels entitled to Asian womenThere are a few characters in the novel that could have been jettisoned for better focus For example there is Kiah a tall white Australian girl with ‘fiery red hair’ who is depicted as down to Earth and reasonable She probably could have been a better alternative to the Amberly character since I wanted to know about Kiah However the Australian seems shoehorned in; she shows up in the beginning and the end and doesn’t really affect the overall storyAnother character that could have been jettisoned is Michiko a Japan born girl Nori meets in Japan Michiko seemed to only exist to tell Nori she’s not Japanese enough since Nori was grew up in America and nothing else is made on that claim Nori doesn’t really seem to be affected by Michiko and the author doesn’t really go into what it means to be Japanese The only relevance Michiko has is when she calls out Erik for calling her a geisha – something that should have gone to Nori for character growth Interestingly Michiko is not depicted as having a life outside disliking Nori and complaining; a nonsensical characterAtsushi is a Japanese boy Nori meets during her trip in Japan and another that probably could have been jettisoned Even though Atsushi has a liking for Nori he is depicted as being in the ‘friend zone;’ she is too enad with Erik Even towards the end when Nori supposedly has a ‘romantic’ feeling for Atsushi it seems like a temporary interest; a friendship rather than an actual romance Even towards the end after Erik and Nori break up their romancefriendship and Atsushi gains Nori’s attention Nori still has feelings for Erik despite how she was treatedNori definitely isn’t written as a strong heroineOverall this book could have been developed with stronger characters and not clichés or stereotypes Characters that didn’t move the plot along could have been left out The goals of the story the goals of the heroine ie what is she trying to achieve? could have been made clearer

  2. Sherri F. Sherri F. says:

    Maybe not uite a 4 but close and much better than I expected Since it's target audience is YA and I'm uite a bit older by the #'s at least I go into reading knowing it might not work for me on all levels even if general topic or story is interesting to me but this was much better This is the first I've read in the Students Across the Seven Seas series and since each one is about a different country there are different authors for each that I assume is knowledgeable and first hand visiting or living experience Well if they are all as good this one Japan I can't wait to read Not only do I wish they had series like this when I was a teen it was enjoyable at my current age the story telling the underlying messages AND the cultural geographical education descriptions map included In this installment Nori a third generation Japanese American from Ohio signs up for the Global Outreach study abroad summer just to get away from her parents and she wouldn't have cared where the Summit was held so when it turns out to be in Japan she gets to see where her grandparents were from since she has never been to Japan before We get to go along with Nori as she experiences the various sites Tokyo Gov't Buildingobsversation deck Hachiko Suare Tsukiji Fish MarketDistrict Akihabara Electronics District Mt Fuji Ryogo ku Sumo District Kyoto a homestay wrelatives Zen gardens and as well as deal being mistaken for native Japanese and the struggles of people making her feel she is not Japanese enough not American enough along with some friend and boy troubles and learning experiences IMO it can be enjoyable to all ages

  3. Dayla Dayla says:

    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 actions of one of the characters This was just okay though to be honest the ending for one of the characters was very satisfying I DID like seeing the MC growing as a character that was satisfying It wasn’t a sudden change but a gradual one I’m glad I didn’t dislike this one as much as the last two I was getting a little worried there Happy reading

  4. Reggie Virus Reggie Virus says:

    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 opportunity when I was in school I do wish there wasn’t a love triangle and that she had time with her family but it was cute I can’t wait to read of these books

  5. Abby Johnson Abby Johnson says:

    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 parents Now that she's in Japan she wants nothing than to forget about their impending divorce And once she spies the uber hottie Erik from Germany she thinks she's got the perfect distractionThere's just one problem with being in Japan Because she's Japanese American the foreigners all assume she's local And the locals all know she's foreign When Erik mistakes her for a Japanese girl she doesn't correct him right away because she wants him to like her And the longer the deception goes on the harder it is to 'fess up The worst part is that Nori is taking advantage of her new Japanese friend Atsushi How did Nori ever get into this mess? And can she come clean with everyone and fix her mistakes before it's time to head home?I found this book in the Students Across the Seven Seas series to be a bit harder to get into than Heart and Salsa mainly because Nori wasn't a very likable character at the beginning of the book True she was dealing with a lot of confusion and anger about her parents but she was rude to everyone and got caught up in a bunch of lies By the end of the trip though Nori had figured some things out and was prepared to deal with her parents and life in general Like Heart and Salsa I found the descriptions of the surroundings to be one of the most appealing elements of the book A light read for those who love travel

  6. Emily Collins Emily Collins says:

    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 series only one or two others at the most but then again maybe not any so I cant really compare this author to others but I must say I did really relate with how she wrote it At the time I read this I was a young teen and I said like as much as any stereotype out there and because of this the book seemed to be in my own dialect and was an especially easy readHonestly I would not be nearly as interested if this book were to be based in say Finland or something no offense whatsoever to the Finnish I'm just making a point that you're not Japan but because this book was based in Japan and it often traversed the topic of recycling and being eco friendly as Japan is known for being this book has earned a special place in my heart

  7. Michelle Michelle says:

    375 stars but for my sentimental reasons I'm bumping it up to a 4This was my second reread in this series and I was a little drawn to this book I cringed at the recurring scenario of having to get away from the parents but was able to ignore that for the most part Loved when Nori stayed with her family in Kyoto it was probably the sweetest and most heartfelt part of the book and really made me feel connected to the story So many great characters specifically Amberly and the great aunt and uncle and am glad I picked it up again Easy enjoyable read

  8. Inkish Kingdoms Inkish Kingdoms says:

    Full review on“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 wonderfully reading and the experience that creates on the reader is amazing Gerber take us to a millennial trip from the Hachiko Station to the NiJo Castle and its nightingale floor Her own experience is clearly seen and the narration and style take us to those mesmerizing landscapes We climb not only the Tokyo Tower and we see all the amazing lights of the sleepiness city of Tokyo but also we are witnesses of the first sunrise of the world at the top of the amazing Fuji san

  9. Sun Sun says:

    It's my first read book in the holiday before term 4 Life is uite 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 this book I feel like I'm travelling with them P Her hesitance is similar to what I feel when go to other new places Lesson from the book Love at the first sight is not always true

  10. Ayman Hasan Ayman Hasan says:

    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

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