Filmmaker and Film critic Donald Richie has been observing and writing about Japan from the moment he arrived in Tokyo on New Year's Day, 1947. Detailing his life, his attachments, and his ideas on matters high and low, The Japan Journals is a critically acclaimed record of both a nation and an evolving expatriate sensibility. A friend of the famous--Kawabata, D.T. Suzuki, Mishima, Takemitsu and Tamasaburo to name a few--Richie is charming, erudite and always a source of information and insight for the many American and European writers and artists who seek him out when visiting Tokyo. Donald Richie, former curator of film at the New York Museum of Modern Art, is best known as the leading Western authority on Japanese film, and for his travel writing such as "The Inland Sea." The Japan Journals are sixty years of journal entries and photographs edited and annotated by award-winning author Leza Lowitz.
Leza gives an overview of the book:
“During the last fifty years, Donald Richie has been our greatest guide to the East. An outsider turned insider—a beautiful and subtle writer with an eye for the wild life as well as an ear for the silences of Japan.”
“Donald Richie is the Lafcadio Hearn of our time, a subtle, stylish, and deceptively lucid medium between two cultures that confuse one another: the Japanese and the American.”
Leza Lowitz is a poet, fiction writer, editor and co-translator of Japanese. Lowitz is the recipient of numerous honors for her poetry, fiction, and translations, including the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award for Best Book of Poetry and The Bay Area...