The View From Breast Pocket Mountain


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$16.99  $15.80
Karen Hill Anton
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5.5 X 8.5 X 0.67 inches | 0.83 pounds

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About the Author

Karen Hill Anton, formerly a columnist for The Japan Times and the Japanese newspaper Chunichi Shimbun, is a cross-cultural competence consultant and coach. She lectures widely on her experience of cross-cultural adaptation and raising four bilingual, bicultural children. Originally from New York City, she's achieved second-degree mastery in Japanese calligraphy and has lived with her husband William Anton in rural Japan since 1975.


Karen Hill Anton's life has been a remarkable journey, from the United States through Europe and across Asia to Japan. The View from Breast Pocket Mountain is a story woven with great compassion and skill, the ultimate combination. It is a beautiful and deeply moving narrative full of fascinating people, the most fascinating being the author herself.

Roger Pulvers, Author, Peaceful Circumstances

I'd long known of Karen Hill Anton having admired her Japan Times "Crossing Cultures" column for years. I knew she was an African-American woman who'd raised four children in Shizuoka with her Jewish-American husband, but I didn't know why or how. Now, in this deeply personal and moving memoir, we have a rich account of her journey from Washington Heights through family tragedy, world travel, literature, music, art, and dance. Eventually settling in rural Japan, she overcomes cultural and linguistic barriers. Anton is a pioneer, and this remarkable story of strength, resourcefulness and courage confirms that Japan is lucky she chose its shores to call home. Truly inspiring.

Leza Lowitz, Author, In Search of the Sun: One Woman's Quest to Find Family in Japan