Travel essay about contemporary Japan
Kate gives an overview of the book:
Flying into Tokyo, I glimpsed that great Japanese icon, Mount Fuji-san, its snow capped volcanic peak emerging from a floating world of clouds. Its timeless, unchanged outline seems miraculous when everything that greets the ‘gaijin' foreign traveller in the capital to its east pulses with the beat of tomorrow. Tokyo conjures bright images of skyscrapers, of pavements teeming like anthills with people who move to a twenty first century rhythm. Raw energy illuminates the garish neon skin of the city, it blares music from the speakers of Akihabara and powers the chorus of electronic samisens that orchestrate the frenetic road crossings of the city. 12 million inhabitants form the lifeblood that courses through Ikebukuro's labyrinthine underpasses and the dark alleys of Shinjuku, where red lanterns gleam on eating faces in noodle bars just as they have done for centuries.
Kate Lord Brown grew up in the wild and beautiful Devon countryside. After studying at Durham University and the Courtauld Institute she worked as an international art consultant, curating art collections for palaces and embassies. Travelling around the world and an...