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

New publisher, new edition!

Many of us experience a time in life where we’d like a do-over, and I know I’m not alone in feeling 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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“The Same Loon” flies every couple of weeks, sharing ideas, updates about my writing and events, and good reads. Upcoming issues will include writing prompts and tips to help you tell your own story.

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What makes this edition new?

I was thrilled that Camphor Press wanted to add The Same Moon to its growing shelf of books about Japan. (Side note: On July 30 Camphor will release an anthology on rural Japan, including a chapter I wrote.)

Here’s what’s new in this edition:

  • Camphor’s deft editing has evened out the prose.
  • The new interior layout gives the text “more room to breathe.”
  • My new epilogue, “Stitches in Time,” answers lingering reader questions.*

* If you’ve already read The Same Moon and would like to read the epilogue, just let me know, and I’ll send it your way.

Thank you so much for your support and interest in my work!

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

Sarah captures in great detail many things unique to Japan in nature, daily life and relationships.

Yukari Sakamoto, author of Food Sake Tokyo, and Tokyo-based chef, sommelier and shōchū adviser


The Same Moon‘s cover art was created by the amazing Andria Villanueva!

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