Marvin returns to Japan--this time as a high school assistant English teacher--determined to have a better time the second go. Matters don't work the way he'd hoped.
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In The Land Beyond, Marvin Matthews is back in Japan, willing to give the country a second chance even after all the misery it caused him the first time around. Having previously worked at an English conversation school, he has since upgraded: This time he's in the country in the capacity of AET (assistant English teacher), teaching in a high school, and employed by nothing less than the Japanese government. He has grand hopes that it will be the perfect job, mainly because it is his understanding that there is no work involved in the position.
In addition to a cushy job, he also relishes the renewed opportunity to dazzle the multitude of beautiful young Japanese women with his natural charms. Oddly, this didn't actually happen his first time in the country, which was surprising, considering that everyone knows Japanese women adore foreign (American) men. No matter; with his previous experience in the country under his belt, he knows they'll be like putty in his hands this time around.
Sadly for Marvin, he soon discovers life in Japan for an intolerant, unrepentant lowlife of a young man isn't any easier even the second time around. He's not the big hit he assumes he'll be at his school (infuriatingly, the girls just laugh at him, or even worse, ignore him). His social life isn't much better (despite a very encouraging start). As time passes, and he finds himself becoming more and more miserable, he once again wonders what it is that keeps him in the country, and if perhaps he wouldn't be better off saying farewell for good.