An evocative, definitive work on Kyoto, the most beautiful city in Japan.
Alex Kerr is an American writer, antiques collector and Japanologist. Lost Japan is his most famous work. He was the first foreigner to be awarded the Shincho Gakugei Literature Prize for the best work of non-fiction published in Japan.
By exposing the convenient demarcations which define Kyoto, Alex
Kerr and Kathy Sokol have deconstructed Kyoto cliches and in the
process have produced a surprising and refreshing addition to Kyoto
... Kerr and Sokol have performed a minor miracle by presenting that which is present in Kyoto as that which we have yet to see. I know that I will never pass a wall, or tread a floor, or sit on tatami the same way again.
... Another Kyoto is a kind of rapturous rupture which explodes the field of cultural, social, and poetic possibilities.