Magazine article Tablet Magazine

Ken Honda's 'Lessons of a Jewish Millionaire'

Magazine article Tablet Magazine

Ken Honda's 'Lessons of a Jewish Millionaire'

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When I first met Japanese author Ken Honda at his home in southern Tokyo, I was surprised by how much we have in common. We can both weave Japanese and English in and out of our sentences. We agree that Japanese mothers are similar to Jewish mothers. We both aren't huge fans of challah ("It's tasteless bread!" he said.) We both have had Jewish experiences in our college years that have changed the course of our livesmine was when I came to the United States for college, and had a Jewish roommate.

Honda's first Jewish experience is more famously known in Japan as his best-selling memoir, The Life Lessons of a Jewish Millionaire, or as it's known in its English title, The Millionaire's Philosophy for a Happy Life. With more than a million copies sold, The Life Lessons of a Jewish Millionaire is a memoir about Honda's tenure as a Japanese cultural ambassador to the Jewish communities of West Palm Beach, Florida. …

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