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An intelligent take on global lifestyle, arts and culture
Please note that this product is not available for purchase from Bloomsbury. Winner of the Edward Stanford Travel Memoir of the Year A playful and profound guidebook full of surprising, brief, incisive glimpses into Japanese culture Pico Iyer has been living around Kyoto for more than thirty-two years, but he admits at the outset of this book that he sometimes feels he knows less now than when he arrived. In the constantly surprising pages that follow, he shows how an evening with Meryl Streep, a walk through a ghostly deer park, even a call to the local Apple service centre can open up his adopted home in fresh and invigorating ways.
About A Beginner's Guide to Japan
You may rail against its numerous social ills, but outrage alone can turn into shtick. You may delight in what is different from the West — and get pummeled on social media as a dinosaur Orientalist. Many writers then play it safe, writing about all things cute or rattling off facts for Japanophiles — a group prone to claiming ownership, watchful that you get it right. And then there is Pico Iyer, who has made his own genre. Born in England to Indian parents and based in Nara, Japan, for more than three decades, Iyer has published numerous essays and novels, amassing a devoted fan base that, much like his writing, encircles the globe. What I think at 10 in the morning is rarely what I think at two in the afternoon. My feelings change like the clouds. Despite his genuine humility, Iyer can nail Japan with lyrical eloquence. Always mindful of describing a hall of mirrors, Iyer shifts nimbly between perspectives, embracing inconsistency like a sage. Watching Iyer command his material, eventually readers may pause.
His four recent… More about Pico Iyer. This meditative and occasionally cheeky guide to Japan from Pico Iyer will delight Japanophiles and armchair travelers alike. Despite his genuine humility, Iyer can nail Japan with lyrical eloquence.