The Lady and the Monk: Four Seasons in Kyoto
"Monks who cherish Mickey Mouse and collect motorbikes, hardened businessmen who read love poetry and geishas who visit temples. Such was the paradoxical world that Pico Iyer was confronted with when he spent a year in the ancient Japanese capital of Kyoto. On a mission to learn the subtleties of Zen and to discover how much his romantic childhood dream of Japan reflects its reality, Iyer throws himself into a culture that is elusive and out of reach. Then he meets Sachiko. Elegant and refined, dreaming of rock stars and America, she embodies all that is contradictory about Japan and yet through their friendship, the country's fusion of ancient and modern, east and west, begins to make sense. Through Sachiko, Iyer begins to put aside his illusions of Japan and understand its reality. The Lady and the Monk is a many layered love story and a portrait of Japan in all its complexity."--BOOK JACKET.
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Review: The Lady and the Monk: Four Seasons in KyotoUser Review - Jim - Goodreads
An interesting foray into Japanese culture, largely displayed around a flirtation/friendship between the author (an American on Indian descent) and a young married Japanese mother with traditional ... Read full review
Review: The Lady and the Monk: Four Seasons in KyotoUser Review - Alexis Allen - Goodreads
I plan to visit Kyoto later this year and picked up this book to glean what I could about its setting, only to find I was far more captivated by the narrator and the people he meets and interacts with ... Read full review