Artist & Writer
I am an autodidact. I educated myself, taught myself how to write, and instructed myself what kinds of books I should read.
Shogo Onoe always felt like a stranger in his homeland of Japan. As a creative soul and a passionate autodidact – having taught himself for most of his childhood – he’s a firm believer in the value of self-taught learning. Pursuing his dreams of being an artist and writer, Shogo draws his inspiration from great authors including the works of Henry Miller and Knut Hamsun. He has a love of travel and adventure, having visited Canada, Mexico, Australia, Germany, Hungary, and much of Europe in his twenties through his early thirties. Shogo’s wanderings drove him to forge his own path through life, one where he dedicates his time to writing, being an artist, and staying true to himself.
About My Books
LIBERATION: Seeking the Meaning of Life
Unearth the true story of one man’s search for the meaning of life.
Disillusioned by life and feeling like a stranger in his own homeland of Japan, Shogo Onoe embarks on a profound spiritual journey to illuminate the meaning of life and find a radical new mode of understanding. Travelling across the Pacific to the vibrant country of Mexico, Shogo’s soul-searching brings him into contact with a rich, warm culture that pushes him to discover himself in a faraway land.
Told with engaging prose and with honest reflections on his experiences in these two radically different cultures, Shogo explores how three passionate Mexican friends transformed his worldview, along with how his wanderings unearthed astute new insights into the meaning of life. Blending spiritual revelations and philosophical musings with a unique perspective on the incredible cultural and social contrasts between Japan and Mexico, this book is perfect for anybody yearning for self-discovery, exploration, and adventure.
Liberation – Seeking the Meaning of Life is a poignant and thoughtful book that offers ample food for thought, delving deeper than your average travel biography into questions that cut to the heart of the human condition. It challenges and encourages readers to think harder about the meaning of life and to commit to staying true to themselves no matter what others think.
Mexican Rhapsody: Having a Second Chance
Embark on a soul-searching adventure and discover one man’s quest to Mexico for a better life.
Artfully written with flowing prose and profound personal insights, this uplifting novel delves into the rich life and culture of Mexico, following author Shogo Onoe’s remarkable story as he casts aside his old life in Japan for the vibrant cities and landscapes of Central America.
Blending thoughtful philosophical and spiritual wisdom with an undying message of living your life to the fullest – no matter what other people might think – this book paints a vivid picture of one man’s exodus in search of a better life. You’ll discover how three Mexican friends transformed Shogo’s destiny, the suffocating existence he left behind in Japan, and the incredible contrast between two opposite cultures. A message of faith underlies every page, reflecting on how Shogo’s trust in God gave him the strength and the passion to find his source of meaning and dare to turn his world upside-down.
As a must-read for dreamers, soul-searchers, and creative spirits, Mexican Rhapsody: Having a Second Chance will touch your heart, encouraging you to refuse to be inauthentic and stay true to what you really feel. This autobiographical novel is a beautiful breath of fresh air, serving as a rallying cry that will inspire you to liberate yourself from soul-destroying situations and pursue a life of light, meaning, and joy
What Readers Are Saying
Mexican Rhapsody: Having a Second Chance is at once a travelogue and a biography, and deserves a place on either shelf as it follows Shogo Onoe’s move from native Japan to Mexico.
Faith, growth, and spiritual revelations flow in this story as Onoe reveals what he loves about Mexico, what he hates about his country of origin, and the revelations that marked his journey between them.
Its autobiographical novel approach injects drama into the adventure, which incorporates cross-cultural observations in a manner few travelogues, memoirs, or novels can match: “You know, we’re very open. We don’t care where you hail from, for we know in our hearts that we’re all brothers. We welcome everyone who wants to enjoy what our fatherland can offer. But alas, goddamn Japanese have discriminated against us in the right our faces. I still don’t fathom and will never be okay with such a godawful assailment!”
From the evolving realization that Onoe has always loved writing, feeling that it is his passion, to his foray into being a prankster, his obsession with self-improvement, and his ribald enjoyment of life, Mexican Rhapsody’s adventures translate to a thirst for not just the written world, but new experiences and growth.
This, in turn, provides readers with a hearty blend of entertainment and revelation as philosophy, adventure, travel, cross-cultural experiences, and religious beliefs dovetail and evolve into the odyssey of the author’s lifetime.
Mexican Rhapsody turns the traditional travelogue on end as it incorporates all these facets into a lively survey of relationships and experiences.
While some would be surprised at its description as a ‘novel’ despite its reality-driven basis, this serves to reflect Onoe’s ability to represent the drama and changes inherent in everyday experiences and interconnected lives.
The result takes pieces of different genres to incorporate their strongest qualities into a story of discovery, change, and faith.
It’s a winning biographical novel of exploration and enlightenment that lingers in the mind long after reading, and deserves a place in libraries strong in cross-cultural and faith-based revelations alike.
Sr. Reviewer, Midwest Book Review