Looking for the Lost: Journeys Through a Vanishing Japan

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Kodansha International, 1996 - Travel - 387 pages
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Traveling by foot through mountains and villages, Alan Booth found a Japan far removed from the stereotypes familiar to Westerners. Whether retracing the footsteps of ancient warriors or detailing the encroachments of suburban sprawl, he unerringly finds the telling detail, the unexpected transformation, the everyday drama that brings this remote world to life on the page. Looking for the Lost is full of personalities, from friendly gangsters to mischievous children to the author himself, an expatriate who found in Japan both his true home and dogged exile. Wry, witty, sometimes angry, always eloquent, Booth is a uniquely perceptive guide. Looking for the Lost is a technicolor journey into the heart of a nation. Perhaps even more significant, it is the self-portrait of one man, Alan Booth, exquisitely painted in the twilight of his own life.

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User Review  - mrtall - LibraryThing

Alan Booth’s Looking for the Lost: Journeys Through a Vanishing Japan comprises travel writing of a very high order. Actually, though, calling an in-depth exploration like this one ‘travel writing’ is ... Read full review

LOOKING FOR THE LOST: Journeys Through a Vanishing Japan

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Three walking tours through backcountry Japan's past and present from Booth (The Roads to Sata, 1986), an English Nipponophile whose capacity for rueful, discerning observation will keep him in the ... Read full review

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ALAN BOOTH was born in London in 1946 and traveled to Japan in 1970 to study Noh theater. He stayed, working as a writer and film critic, until his death from cancer in 1993. His books includeThe Roads to Sata.

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