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Lost Japan

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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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 15mm | 907.18g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0141979747
  • 9780141979748
  • 16,029

About Alex Kerr

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.show more

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

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One of the finest books about Japan written in decades Insight Japanshow more

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919 ratings
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4 41% (379)
3 25% (227)
2 6% (56)
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