Lost Japan : Last Glimpse of Beautiful Japan
by Alex Kerr
Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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An enchanting and fascinating overview of Japanese landscapes, culture, history and the futureOriginally written in Japanese, this passionate, highly personal book draws on the author’s experiences in Japan for over thirty yearsAlex Kerr brings to life the ritualized world of Kabuki, retraces his initiation to Tokyo boards during the effervescence of the Bubble of the Years, and tells the story of the hidden valley that has become his home.But the book is not just a love letterHaunted by nostalgia for Japan of yore, Kerr book is part hymn to the great country and culture, the epitaph part in the face of contemporary Japan and the cultural environment of destructionWinner of Japan’s Shincho Gakugei Literature Prize, and now with a new prefaceAlex Kerr is an American writer, antique collector and JapanologistLost Japan is his most famous workHe is the first foreigner to have received the Shincho Gakugei Literature Prize for the best non-fiction book published in Japan.
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