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Originally written in Japanese, this passionate, vividly personal book draws on the author's experiences in Japan over thirty years. Alex Kerr takes us on a backstage tour, as he explores the ritualized world of Kabuki, retraces his initiation into Tokyo's boardrooms during the heady Bubble Years, tells how he stumbled on a hidden valley that became his home...and exposes the environmental and cultural destruction that is the other face of contemporary Japan.
Winner of Japan's 1994 Shincho Gakugei Literature Prize.
Drawing on the author's personal experiences of Japan over a period of over 30 years, this book takes its readers on a backstage tour, exploring different facets of the author's involvement with the country. The Japanese edition of this book was awarded the 1994 Shincho Gakugei Literature Prize.
Kerr takes readers on a revealing backstage tour of an intriguing country. As he recounts his personal experiences of Japan over 30 years, the author warns that much of value is being lost under a tide of change--a message that has found widespread support among Japanese readers. Simultaneously a foreigner and an insider, Kerr brings a unique perspective to writing about contemporary Japan.