Dance to Dreams: Making the Right Choice

Unlock the courage to follow your dreams and stop saying no to a better life.

Having escaped from the suffocating grip of Japanese culture to pursue his dreams of being a writer, author and Japanese ex-pat Shogo Onoe continues his story in this thought-provoking autobiographical novel, recounting the rich culture and amazing people that he befriended beyond the confines of his native homeland.

Featuring no shortage of colorful anecdotes, poignant personal reflections, and scathing critiques of what he views as a dehumanizing and controlling Japanese culture, this literary fiction adventure challenges readers to break out of their self-limiting beliefs and stop making sacrifices that leave them feeling unhappy and unfulfilled. Interspersed with the story of Shogo’s long-time Japanese friend – who left Japan to live in Guatemala after spending just 4 days in Mexico – this book shatters worldviews and encourages us to see the countless different possibilities that lie beyond our ordinarily narrow confines.

As a beautiful read for anybody who is struggling to chase a dream, or for anyone afraid to step out of the crowd and dare to live fearlessly, Dance to Dreams is a deeply moving book that offers readers of all backgrounds a refreshing glimpse of the life-changing possibilities that are within our reach.

More About the Book

Unlock the extraordinary power within you with Dance to Dreams: Making the Right Choice (Song of Friendship) 🌟.” This captivating memoir will take you on a journey of self-discovery, friendship, and the pursuit of dreams. 🚀

In Dance to Dreams,” author Shogo Onoe, a Japanese expat, shares his incredible life story of breaking free from the suffocating grip of cultural norms to follow his heart’s true calling – writing. ❤️

This is not just a book; it’s an inspirational odyssey filled with heartwarming narratives and life-changing experiences. Join Shogo as he embarks on a cultural exploration beyond borders, forming cross-cultural friendships that redefine the meaning of bravery and courage. 🌍💪

What Awaits You:

Inspirational Stories: Immerse yourself in a collection of inspirational tales that will ignite your passion for chasing dreams and happiness. 🌠

Memoir Adventures: Experience the thrill of real-life adventures through Shogo’s eyes, as he discovers new horizons and expands his worldview. 🗺️🌄

Friendship Journey: Journey alongside Shogo as he explores the profound bonds of friendship that transcend cultural boundaries. 👫🌏

Personal Growth: Discover the transformative power of personal growth tales that will empower you to escape your own cultural norms and make brave life choices. 🌱✨

Why “Dance to Dreams” Is a Must-Read:

This book is your invitation to break free from tradition and pursue the life you’ve always dreamed of. It’s a literary adventure that will touch your heart, challenge your beliefs, and inspire you to follow your heart’s desires. 📖❤️

Are you ready to embark on a life-changing quest? Dance to Dreams is your passport to a world of possibilities. Order your copy today and join Shogo Onoe on a journey that will forever change the way you view your own dreams and the world around you. 🌠📚

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Dance to Dreams Book Reviews

Heartfelt invitation to embrace our inner aspirations and live life on our own terms.

Dance to Dreams” by Shogo Onoe is a masterpiece that transcends the boundaries of mere literature. It’s a heartfelt invitation to embrace our inner aspirations, conquer our fears, and live life on our own terms. This book is nothing short of a beacon of hope for anyone struggling to chase their dreams or summoning the courage to break free from the constraints of conformity.

Shogo Onoe’s eloquent prose effortlessly weaves a tapestry of emotions, experiences, and wisdom, drawing readers into a world where dreams are not distant, unattainable fantasies, but tangible, achievable goals. The narrative is imbued with a genuine sincerity that resonates deeply with readers from all walks of life.

One of the most remarkable aspects of this book is its universal appeal. Whether you’re a budding artist, a budding entrepreneur, or simply someone yearning for a change, “Dance to Dreams” offers invaluable insights and encouragement. Onoe’s storytelling transcends cultural and societal boundaries, making this a read that will touch hearts around the globe.

The characters in “Dance to Dreams” are beautifully crafted, each with their own unique struggles, fears, and triumphs. They serve as a mirror, reflecting our own battles with self-doubt and the courage required to step out of the crowd. Through their journeys, Onoe demonstrates the incredible power of choice and the transformative potential within us all.

The narrative’s pacing is impeccable, striking a harmonious balance between introspection and action. It engages the reader on a profound level, prompting moments of self-reflection and inspiring the determination to pursue one’s own dreams, no matter the obstacles.

In a world where conformity often feels like the path of least resistance, “Dance to Dreams” stands as a powerful reminder that there is strength in individuality and that the pursuit of one’s passions is a noble endeavor. Onoe’s storytelling is not just a narrative; it’s a call to action, a challenge to live fearlessly and authentically.

In conclusion, “Dance to Dreams: Making the Right Choice” is a profoundly moving work of art that will leave an indelible mark on the hearts and minds of its readers. Shogo Onoe’s evocative prose and timeless message make this a must-read for anyone seeking inspiration, validation, and the courage to pursue their dreams. This book is a testament to the boundless potential that resides within each of us, waiting to be awakened by the simple act of making the right choice.

– Glenda Jones, Reviewer

D. Donovan, Sr. Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

Few Japanese travelers would dream of embarking on a journey to an English-speaking country such as Canada without being able to at least converse in the language, but Shogo Onoe’s memoir Dance to Dreams: Making the Right Choice chronicles Onoe’s choice to begin a new life in Vancouver sans the benefits of fluency. Moreover, his passion for the written word led to his aspiration to become a writer. Despite numerous rejections, he pursued his dream of achieving publication, and Dance to Dreams is just one result from a pen that has experienced many forms of rejection, acceptance, and challenge.

 The first thing to note about this story is its passion. Readers might not expect the depths of the candid, passionate tone to ripple through a Japanese writer’s memoir. Onoe cultivates excitement, translates that energy to the written word, and brings readers along on a rollicking ride of discovery that translates to readers through dialogues with all manner of people that he encounters along the way:

“What the hell are you talking about, Seiichi? You were forever reproaching me that I don’t respect the Japanese culture and outrageously insulted me that I’ve become a total stranger to my own country before going to Mexico, remember? And on top of it all, you heatedly rejected Canadian and Mexican cultures, notwithstanding you had never gone to either country. And now, you’re somehow praising Mexican culture to the heaven? Are you shitting me, Seiichi? What’s going on here?”

Onoe navigates these strange worlds and their inhabitants with an astute eye to examining the kinds of realities that Japanese natives and those supportive of the culture may find uncomfortably enlightening:

“I think Japanese people are the meanest bastards walking on two legs under the sun, you know… they always make fake smiles and use polite language to strangers. At first, they seem to be very kind people, but this is just a sheer illusion that they make. Oh no, they’re just wearing social masks and pretending to be nice to everyone all the goddamn time. Once they’re alone with their friends, they’ll start showing their true colors unrestrictedly, gossiping about their colleagues, even their friends, and saying bad things behind their backs as if they are talking about the weather.

They never say what they mean directly; they always say it behind people’s backs. Unfortunately, this is a Japanese pandemic. I have never seen such sick people except in Japan.”

These confessions could prove painful to some, but can serve as intriguing discussion points in book clubs choosing this memoir for not just its cross-cultural encounters and journey, but for its succinct, hard-hitting points about how the Japanese interact and intersect with other cultures.

Ex-pat Onoe creates a dialogue of examination that forces readers to probe the undercurrents of the Japanese psyche and its underpinnings. Perhaps he is in a relatively unique position to do so, given his independent journeys through other cultures which lead to new insights and critiques of disparate facets of a Japanese culture that tends to pigeonhole and dehumanize those outside Japan.

The story of one who spent only four days in Mexico before deciding to move from Japan to Guatemala creates a powerful inspection especially highly recommended for book clubs interested in Japanese cultural explorations that pull no punches in critiquing psyches, powers, and prejudices.

Libraries will find Dance to Dreams a unique blend of memoir and cross-cultural encounters that challenges belief systems and assumptions alike.

Aimee Ann, Read Headed Book Lover:

Dance to Dreams is an inspirational, informative, and outstanding autobiographical book that will be perfect for those who are looking to be inspired and pursue their dreams. Shogo Onoe, the author of the wonderful Dance to Dreams, is an author whose work I adore as I have previously read (and reviewed!), his previous two books titled: Liberation & Mexican Rhaposy, both of which inspired and charmed me from the get-go. So you can imagine my delight when I found out Shogo released another book in his series! That is why I already recommend this book, I have loved the author’s two previous books and the third is equally brilliant and has a real ability to help and inspire you and so Dance to Dreams is not to be missed!

Dance to Dreams is another wonderful and poignant book in the Song of Friendship series by Shogo Onoe that will once again reunite readers with Shogo and his story as he shares more experiences that shaped his life. Dance to Dreams is book three in this wonderful series and in the first two books Shogo introduced us to himself and how he come to leave Japan for Mexico. In Dance to Dreams, he continues to share his story in an autobiographical, novelized way that is laced with many inspiring themes.

Dance to Dreams is the perfect book for anybody that is looking to break free from the confines of their life and societal pressures and instead embrace the life of happiness and freedom you so desire. Shogo himself accomplished this along with his Japanese friend who we also get to meet in Dance to Dreams. It makes for a beautiful and mesmerizing tale that emphasizes chasing your dreams, living fearlessly, and living the fulfilling life you wish.

Dance to Dreams is an excellent book not only for the author’s candor but also for the incredible topics and wisdom laced throughout. In my opinion, Dance to Dreams is a profound book that will challenge readers to make them think about their own life and spark a change. This is incredibly important and Shogo Onoe accomplishes this with ease in his book as from beginning to end, he captivates his readers and keeps them hooked with his wonderful advice and tale but also sensational literature that is full of passion!

Throughout Dance to Dreams, Shogo Onoe does a fantastic job of organizing his thoughts into a book that is concise and reads wonderfully so that it is never too much or too confusing. Instead, Onoe will perfectly guide you throughout his journey which in turn will help you throughout yours! And that is something I really loved about Dance to Dreams!

Overall Dance to Dreams is an insightful, informative, inspiring book about a man who pursued and achieved his dreams and I would say if you are a reader who is interested in the topics explored in this book, then the remarkable Dance to Dreams is for you! Dance to Dreams gets five stars from me! Be sure to have a read of the preview below book lovers; you won’t regret it!


Dance to Dreams: Making the Right Choice is about the importance of chasing after one’s dream come hell or high water to live a meaningful and satisfying life, and how to make a right choice, so that you would not regret your past decision, and you would not ask yourself a poignant question over and over, “Things would’ve been different if I had said ‘Yes’ to my heart, instead of listening to other people’s opinions, instead of regarding to society’s eyes.”

Yes. Dance to Dreams is a part of SONG OF FRIENDSHIP Trilogy.

Song of Friendship is a three-book series:

  1. Liberation: Seeking the Meaning of Life
  2. Mexican Rhapsody: Having a Second Chance
  3. Dance to Dreams: Making the Right Choice

Yes. It is literary fiction adventure that challenges readers to break out of their self-limiting beliefs and stop making sacrifices that leave them feeling unhappy and unfulfilled. And most importantly, this is a deeply inspiring and empowering read that reminds you to stop saying no to a better life.

Definitely Yes. This book will inspire you to pursue your dreams relentlessly and encourage you to determine to turn your dreams into a reality so that you can be happy and walk on your private destiny with joy.