Viewed Sideways: Writings on Culture and Style in Contemporary Japan

Donald Richie (Author)

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Stone Bridge Press
Publish Date
September 27, 2011
5.0 X 6.9 X 0.8 inches | 0.55 pounds

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About the Author

Over the past sixty years, no one has written more, or more artfully, about Japan than Donald Richie. Arriving as a young merchant seaman in Okinawa in 1946, Richie set out to observe Japan and to set down his witness in clear, expressive language. The result is over 40 volumes of fiction and nonfiction, scores of essays and speeches, and hundreds of book and film and arts reviews. He is acknowledged as one of the world's authorities on Japanese cinema, especially the work of Yasujiro Ozu. His Inland Sea is one of a few classic expatriate treatments of Japan and is considered one of the finest travel memoirs of the 20th century. Richie is formerly curator of film at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Of him Susan Sontag wrote that he "writes about Japan with an unrivaled range, acuity and wit."


"Viewed any which way, Japan through the eyes of Donald Richie is an interesting and rewarding place to read about. This is the third collection of Richie's essays...and yet another reminder that he is a master of the short essay and a thought-provoking guide to his subject. The spare style and distinctive phrasing grow on the reader and are apt for unveiling and imparting...These elegantly brief essays are packed with insights that one needs to unravel and contemplate at one's leisure."--The Japan Times