Wednesday, October 31, 2007

The Japan Journals in Education About Asia

In the new issue (Fall 2007; Volume 12, Number 2) of Education About Asia, Andrea Kempf reviews Donald Richie's The Japan Journals: 1947-2004. Kempf writes:

The journals explore the inner man; they examine the appeal of being an "other" in Japan....Anyone who teaches about twentieth-century Japanese culture will find the Japan Journals an invaluable insight into the man whose life work it was to make Japan accessible to the west.

Kempf notes a number of Richie's books, and calls The Inland Sea "his most enduring work."