By Donald Richie, Leza Lowitz
"Richie will be specific a dwelling nationwide treasure."-Library Journal
"Wonderfully evocative and entire of humor... sincere, introspective, and sometimes poignant."-New York Times
"No one has written with extra focus concerning the strange caliber of exile loved via the gaijin, the foreigner in Japan."-London assessment of Books
"To learn [The Donald Richie Reader and The Japan Journals] is like diving for pearls. Dip into any a part of them and you may definitely locate treasures concerning the cinema, literature, touring, writing. The passages are evocative, erotic, playful, and infrequently profound."-Japanese Language and Literature
Donald Richie has been gazing and writing approximately Japan from the instant he arrived on New Year's Eve, 1946. Detailing his lifestyles, his enthusiasts, and his principles on issues low and high, The Japan Journals is a list of either a kingdom and an evolving expatriate sensibility. As Japan modernizes and because the writer a long time, the tone grows elegiac, and The Japan Journals-now in paperback after the severely acclaimed hardcover edition-becomes a bittersweet chronicle of a sophisticated existence good lived and captivatingly told.
Donald Richie, the eminent movie historian, novelist, and essayist, nonetheless lives in Tokyo.
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