The Same Moon: a memoir

Charming … a journey through Japanese culture and a journey toward self-understanding, security and faith.

Scott Hewitt, The (Vancouver) Columbian

Release day video — June 18, 2020 — for The Same Moon

The Same Moon in a nutshell

Many of us experience a time in life where we’d like a do-over, and I sure felt that way about my early twenties.

After being briefly wed and quickly divorced by age twenty-four, all I wanted was a fresh start. I abandoned my Minnesota life for a job teaching English in Japan, planning to take a year to reflect, heal and figure out what to do next. 

I ended up the lone English speaker in an isolated rural area, where I was drawn into serving tea to my male co-workers, performing with a koto (zither) group, advocating for female students and colleagues, and embarking on a controversial romance.

Of course I signed on for a second year — not because this was the Japan I was seeking, but because it turned out to be the Japan I needed.

The Same Moon offers a story of encouragement and hope … and a little escape — to 1990s Japan!  

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People are saying …

Sarah Coomber has written an insightful story about her journey to Japan and a journey to find herself. Readers will enjoy an entertaining and honest account of a young woman’s self-discovery in a foreign land.

Laura Kriska, author of The Accidental Office Lady: An American Woman in Corporate Japan, and cross-cultural consultant

With sensitivity and humility, exploring no one’s story but her own, Coomber addresses the question of this American hour: how to honor—even cherish—fellow humans regardless of divergent cultural, political or spiritual convictions. The Same Moon injects hope into the current American climate of intolerance.

Natalie Kusz, award-winning memoirist and author of Road Song

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