A Beginner’s Guide to Japan


A Beginner’s Guide to Japan | 9781526611512 | Pico Iyer

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Format:Paperback / softback

Published:02/04/2020 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


Winner of the Edward Stanford Travel Memoir of the Year 2020

How does a sushi bar explain a Japanese poem?

Why do Japanese couples plan matching outfits for their honeymoon?

Why are so many things in Japan the opposite of what we expect?

After thirty-two years in Japan, Pico Iyer knows the country as few others can. In A Beginner’s Guide to Japan, he dashes from baseball games to love-hotels and from shopping malls to zen temple gardens to find fresh ways of illuminating his adopted home. Playful and surreptitiously profound, this is a guidebook to a Japan few have ever seen before.

‘Rarely in any writing on Japan is provocation so elegantly and surgically performed’ Financial Times

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