"this Information is An autobiography of the owner of Sky Tea House, At the moment, it is published only in Japanese, but if it sells well and it catches the eye of publishers from English-speaking countries, I would definitely like to publish it in English as well. If you have any connections, please let me know."
It's been about a year and a half since I started writting my book, and finally I managed to publish which my long desire!
The Book Title is 『2000日の海外放浪の果てに辿り着いたのは山奥の集落の一番上だった』
means in English "It was at the top of the mountain village that I reached at the end of the 2000-day all over the world wandering."
How and why I decided to publish a book
Despite I am even unknown person nationwide, I tried to write it during Corona Pandemic from the spirit of wanting to challenge various things under the few needs of friends saying "I want you to write a book because your story is absolutely interesting". I did it.
I tried to get to major publishers, but it was difficult for me to publish it commercially from a major publisher, so after doing crowdfunding as a self-funded publication, I got an offer from a local(Fukuoka) publisher, 書肆侃侃房 "Shoshikankanbou". Although it is small publish. we team up for it.
What kind of book?
An autobiography of the author Jiro Sakamoto's 36-year half-life(the Owner of Sky Tea House).
"Former Self-Defense Forces" x "Around the World" x "Countryside Migration" x "Opening a Guest House in a deep inside of mountain Village" x"International Marriage in Corona pandemic"
Just in looking for a happiness, the trajectory of 20s who ran through the world, slow life, minimalism, half-farming, half-X, affluence to share, entrepreneurship in the mountains where we arrived, and community building in marginal villages, "real affluence" A non-fiction story that gives people who are looking for a new outlook on life an opportunity to experience it.
・ I quit my 6-year-old workplace(army), dropped out of Japanese society, and embarked on an overseas wandering trip.
・ Cross route 66
・ Working as a dog sledding driver in a town where you can see the northern lights on a Canadian Working Holiday
・ After the 311 Great Earthquake, the budget for traveling to Canada as a charity hitchhiking was donated to Japan, and instead, the continent was crossed only by hitchhiking.
・ Job hunting abroad in Finland
・ Return to Japan by land on the Trans-Siberian Railway
・ Walking the 800km Spanish pilgrimage route
・ Bipassana meditation which you stay in the temple for 10 days and meditate earnestly
・ Complete the 100km marathon in mount ASO
・ Study abroad in Indian yoga, study abroad in Thai massage
・ When I returned to Japan and moved to the countryside and lived in a simple and affluent way, one day I got a house from the mayor of a village in the mountains, and when I opened it as a guest house, it went well.
・ I went to give my tea to Mr. José Mujica, the former president of Uruguay, who I respect most in the world.
・ I got married online and proposed on the second day, and I got international married in half a year, but we are separated for a year due to the corona pandemic (this story is Featured on NHK)
There are too many unique stories, and based on the autobiography that connects these, the reason why I decided to go abroad, the experiences I came to, what I thought and how I lived, why I decided to live in the country, I write about the goodness of living in the mountains from my own perspective.
Why I decide to go all over the world?
Although I have always admired overseas, I was born and raised in a conservative environment(countryside of Japan), did not know my potential, and did not know what the world was like, so I gave up thinking that it was a high hurdle for me. When I was transferred to Okinawa one day as a Ground Self-Defense Force (I joined the army after graduating from high school) I met a guesthouse while traveling to remote islands, and I met people called travelers there.
I was originally sick at work, but when I actually traveled alone on vacation, I fell in love with the free air, and the following year I courageously quit and went on a long-term overseas wandering trip.
because of my youth, Win the Hawaiian fast-eating competition, ride a Harley around the Americas and get seriously injured, take part in an event that Naked bike ride in Vancouver, challenge a 6000m mountain, run a 100km marathon. There were several life-threatening dangers, such as being robbed, confined to an underground strip club, pickpocketing, and almost being killed by a dog
It was more important to talk about the outlook of life by meeting people than sightseeing and superb views.
In addition, I have traveled by bicycle and traveled only by walking, and each had different merits and awareness.
Originally, I longed for overseas and was addicted to the free air and aimed to move overseas as it was, but in experiencing various things, I think that it is important how I live, regardless of location or country. After about five years of wandering abroad, I decided to move to a rural town where no one knew as my next challenge.
The reason for starting the management of the guest house.
I got a house in the mountains, and the people in the area needed me to do something, and I thought I couldn't do anything about my work ptencial until then. guest house(opening hostel) is the thing I wanted to try.
That's because I had been wandering abroad for many years and stayed at countless hostel, and had my own idea as to what kind of hostel is good. it was a perfect match.
Good things about running a guesthouse, my discoveries, etc.
The fun of living in a place rich in nature and interacting with people who come in search of the goodness of this place is not only fun for me, but also that people in the area are pleased with encountering people.
What kind of person that I want to read
people who want to challenge something, but don't have the courage to do it. Especially for those who are interested in wandering abroad, moving to the countryside, guest houses, etc., I think this is a theme that will surely sympathize with you.
once again, If you have any acquaintances with publishers who are interested, please introduce to them, thank you.