Lost Japan


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Here, American Alex Kerr takes the reader on a revealing backstage tour of Japan, recounting his personal experiences of the country in over 30 years. He warns that much of the value of Japan is being lost under a tide of change.

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An enchanting and fascinating insight into Japanese landscape, culture, history and future.

Originally written in Japanese, this passionate, vividly personal book draws on the author’s experiences in Japan over thirty years. Alex Kerr brings to life the ritualized world of Kabuki, retraces his initiation into Tokyo’s boardrooms during the heady Bubble Years, and tells the story of the hidden valley that became his home.

But the book is not just a love letter. Haunted throughout by nostalgia for the Japan of old, Kerr’s book is part paean to that great country and culture, part epitaph in the face of contemporary Japan’s environmental and cultural destruction.

Winner of Japan’s Shincho Gakugei Literature Prize, and now with a new preface.

Alex Kerr is an American writer, antiques collector and Japanologist. Lost Japan is his most famous work. He was the first foreigner to be awarded the Shincho Gakugei Literature Prize for the best work of non-fiction published in Japan.

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Weight 0.191 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 1.5 cm






xv, 239




New edition


952.04 (edition:23)


General – Trade / Code: K

Lost Japan


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