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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. I was really impressed with Alan Booth's Roads to Sata and was relishing the chance to read his follow up Looking For The Lost 1995 And again I was impressed the first section Tsugaru is Booth's retracing the path of Aomori author Osamu Dazai who was famous for his writing and booze fueled life and many suicides attempts one of which was successful The name of Dazai's book that Booth uses as his guide of the region was Return to Tsugaru Travels of a Purple Tramp which gave Both points of reference even though that trip was undertaken 50 years earlier In the book Booth tells a waitress at the inn that was once Dazai's home that he wasn't particularly a fan and I can believe it I'm not such a huge fan of the selfish miserable man either I think it was merely a good excuse for him to explore this remote northern most region of Honshu an area that he professed his love for earlier and mentioning that when he first arrived in Japan he lived just south of Amori in Akita prefecture I know very little of the region save its regional products the Namahage devil festival costumes and the famous colorful float festival known as the Nebuta festival But his observations of the people and region are intriguing He was particularly impressed with Hirosaki which he called one of his favorite places in JapanIn the second section Saigo's Last March Booth follows in the footsteps of Saigo Takamori's famous retreat from Mount Enodake in the northern part of Miyazaki prefecture through mountains down to his home town of Kagoshima I suppose I would liked to read about Takamori and his impact on modern Japan sometime However in this sparsely populated area Booth has many false starts and he is not able to keep up with Takamori's timetable for the march Along the way locals tell him the history of Takamori's doings in their villages during his long march home As usual beer is drank chats are had and this trip seems miserable than others because of the constant rain he encounters on his walk Again wry observations about the people and Booth's impressions are made as well Of those two prefectures I have only been to the main cities of Miyazaki and Kagoshima so the descriptions of the rugged land is somewhat of a revelation however the impression was made on trips from the airports into the main cities on those tripsIn the final section Looking for the Lost Booth attempts to follow and explore the retreat of the Heike also known as the Taira clan that was said to have been chased out of Kyoto into the north most likely along the Nagara River Like the previous two entries there are witty exchanges with locals wry observations and historical recounting However this section also tells the reader about the author and his obsessions that brought him to Japan in the first place and why he abandoned them This is triggered by the staid historical museums and preserved houses for tourism that are scattered about the region I was reminded strolling around the breezy paths of why I had come to Japan in the first place not in search of the coyly picturesue but of something I had thought might be living and was dead So culturally edifying is the Noh that great pains have been made to pickle it like much else in Japan that is deemed worthy of awe the Noh has been stripped of any connection with life as it is actually lived and frozen into a fossilBut rather than retreat he finds other interests that keep him in Japan writing about the land the people the culture and the customs as he experienced them firsthand on his travels The books ends with a powerful prophecy of the author's future It is a fitting companion to his earlier masterpiece The Roads to Sata Booth has earned a rightful place among the ranks of the best visitors who wrote so insightfully about Japan like Donald Richie and Ian Buruma

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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 e. Wow This guy can write He's not looking for a picture postcard Japan He's looking at the country that's in front of him at a walking pace talking to the people he meets and letting you in on it He doesn't wrap up things in neat bows this isn't some memoir disguised as travel writing It's detailed subtle earthy The author died too young and knowing that cast a sadness over the reading of this book gave it depth and shadows it might otherwise not have had It will take me a while to process this one Stage Mum page Looking for the Lost is full of A Faint Cold Fear (Grant County, personalities from friendly gangsters to mischievous children to the author himself an expatriate who found in Japan both his true home and dogged e. Wow This guy can write He's not looking for a Sweet Mandarin picture Sweet Mandarin: The Courageous True Story of Three Generations of Chinese Women and their Journey from East to West postcard Japan He's looking at the country that's in front of him at a walking The Lost Heart of Asia pace talking to the The Secret Life And Brutal Death Of Mamie Thurman people he meets and letting you in on it He doesn't wrap up things in neat bows this isn't some memoir disguised as travel writing It's detailed subtle earthy The author died too young and knowing that cast a sadness over the reading of this book gave it depth and shadows it might otherwise not have had It will take me a while to The Tavern on Maple Street process this one

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Xile Wry witty sometimes angry always elouent Booth is a uniuely perceptive guide Looking for the Lost is a technicolor journey into the heart of a nation Perhaps even significant it is the self portrait of one man Alan Booth exuisitely painted in the twilight of his own lif. This guy real enjoyed his beer Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That'll Improve and/or Ruin Everything perceptive guide Looking for the Lost is a technicolor journey into the heart of a nation Perhaps even significant it is the self Discordia portrait of one man Alan Booth exuisitely Stage Mum painted in the twilight of his own lif. This guy real enjoyed his beer

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