Sake & Satori: Asian Journals, Japan
Joseph Campbell, David Kudler
New World Library
, 2002 - History
- 350 pages
In this second volume of his Asian journals, Campbell reports on his travels through east Asia and his five-month stay in Japan. Sake and Satori includes the never-before-published sequel to Campbell's Baksheesh and Brahman and covers the author's journeys through Thailand, Cambodia, Burma, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Japan. It offers a snapshot of 1950s Asia and its rapidly changing postcolonial and Cold War tensions. Campbell shares his experiences with Noh drama, Kabuki theater, and geisha houses, and explores how Asia absorbs and resists Western notions of gender, pluralism, and wealth. He relates conversations with fellow travelers, scholars, and Japanese people from all walks of life. Along the way, his asides develop into philosophical explorations augmented with photos and drawings.