"Earns its place on the very short shelf of books on Japan that are of permanent value."—Times Literary Supplement.
"Richie is a stupendous travel writer; the book shines with bright witticisms, deft characterizations of fisherfolk, merchants, monks and wistful adolescents, and keen comparisons of Japanes and Western culture." —San Francisco Chronicle
"A learned, beautifully paced elegy."—London Review of Books
Sheltered between Japan’s major islands lies the Inland Sea, a place modernity passed by. In this classic travel memoir, Donald Richie embarks on a quest to find Japan’s timeless heart among its mysterious waters and forgotten islands. This edition features an introduction by Pico Iyer, photographs from the award-winning PBS documentary, and a new afterword. First published in 1971, The Inland Sea is a lucid, tender voyage of discovery and self-revelation.
Donald Richie is the foremost authority on Japanese culture and cinema with 40+ books in print.
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Donald Richie has lived in Japan since the mid-1940s and is an internationally recognized expert on this country and its peoples.| Read Full Review of The Inland Sea
But as I’ve found on my own frequent visits to Japan, a Starbucks, though hardly the kind of cultural frontier Richie found in its local predecessors 50 years ago, provides not only one of the few reliable wi-fi connections a gaijin can get but also, as Richie knew a good Japanese coffee shop doe...Aug 18 2016 | Read Full Review of The Inland Sea
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