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  • By John Dougill
    Jan 23, 2018
    By Piers Rowlandson, UK, Dec 20, 2017 Anyone visiting Japan for the first time should read this anthology. I have only recently become interested in all things Japanese, so what a pleasure to find an anthology of prose and verse that covers so many topics, ancient and modern. I think it was reading Lafcadio Hearn that opened my eyes to a completely different Japan to the one we were brought up on, many based on tales of the Burma Railway. Our schoolboy picture of Japanese society and customs could not be more wrong. Please read Karen Lee Tawarayama piece On Childraising in Japan. I think you will find it astonishing and moving. Then there is John Dougill’s Hearn, myself and Japan and Joseph Cronin’s Lafcadio Hearn and Basil Chamberlain which will introduce you to the great man himself and inspire you to read more about life as a scholar in nineteenth-century Japan. There is much more to come: the poetry ancient and modern, short stories and stuff on gardens, flowers, tea, saké,... More > and ceramics. There is not space to do justice to each author individually, but do read onto the end, not to miss out on Amy Chavez’s Return to Goat Island. It is mysterious, profound, funny and brilliantly written. In fact, that would apply to most of this anthology in varying degrees.< Less
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Second Edition
Writers in Kyoto
January 23, 2018
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.54 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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