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Lost Japan

Last Glimpse of Beautiful Japan

By Alex Kerr

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Format: Paperback, 272 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 03 September 2015
This is an enchanting and fascinating insight into Japanese landscape, culture, history and future. Originally written in Japanese, this passionate, vividly personal book draws on the author's experiences in Japan over thirty years. Alex Kerr brings to life the ritualized world of Kabuki, retraces his initiation into Tokyo's boardrooms during the heady Bubble Years, and tells the story of the hidden valley that became his home. But the book is not just a love letter. Haunted throughout by nostalgia for the Japan of old, Kerr's book is part paean to that great country and culture, part epitaph in the face of contemporary Japan's environmental and cultural destruction. Winner of Japan's Shincho Gakugei Literature Prize, and now fully revised in a new edition. 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.

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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.

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One of the finest books about Japan written in decades * Insight Japan *

EAN: 9780141979748
ISBN: 0141979747
Publisher: Penguin UK
Dimensions: 19.56 x 12.7 x 2.03 centimetres (0.36 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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A really informative book on Japan today. If you have not been to Japan, it will temper your expectations of the country as Kerr is very critical of the devastation that has taken place to the environment, especially in the countryside, and to towns like Kyoto. I found the story of the finding and restoration of his own house very interesting, and the book on the whole taught me quite a lot about traditional Japanese architecture. It can get a little dry in parts,but on the whole a good read.

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