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A Beginner's Guide to Japan: Observations and Provocations Arguably the greatest living travel writer Outside magazine , Pico Iyer has called Japanhome for than three decades But, as he isthe first to admit, the country remains an enigmaeven to its long term residents In A BeginnersGuide to Japan, Iyer draws on his years ofexperiencehis travels, conversations, readings,and reflectionsto craft a playful and profound book of surprising, brief,incisive glimpses into Japanese culture He recounts his adventures andobservations as he travels from a meditation hall to a love hotel, from WestPoint to Kyoto Station, and from dinner with Meryl Streep to an ill fatedcall to the Apple service center in a series of provocations guaranteed to pique the interest and curiosity of those who dont know Japanand toremind those who do of its myriad fascinations I loved the insights in this book Japanese culture from the perspective of an outside insider or an inside outsider A lovely little book with keen insights about Japan that can come only from someone who has lived in Japan a long time.

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