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Japan

Japan

Japan is rich in tradition and full of subtle cultural currents. Books like Tanizaki's In Praise of Shadows, Donald Richie's reflective The Inland Sea or Okakura's The Book of Tea quietly attune the traveler to the rich heritage, detailed architecture and special ceremonies that set the island nation apart.

Follow the links below to see recommended reading for each destination.

The Longitude Blog – Japan
Obama Visits Hiroshima
JPN466On May 27 President Obama will become the first sitting U.S. president to visit Hiroshima, Japan since the U.S. first dropped an atomic bomb on the site at the end of World War II. In acknowledgement of the heavily symbolic act, we're recommending books to read about Hiroshima, including Odyssey's new guidebook, Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Hiroshima and Nagasaki, An Illustrated History, Anthology and Guide.
Best Travel Books of 2015
Looking for some book recommendations for 2016? As you begin planning you travels for the New Year, don't miss the top ten travel books of 2015. Where the Dead Pause, and the Japanese Say Goodbye. When her American father passes away, Marie Mutsuki Mockett seeks consolation in her mother's home country of Japan. Her relatives own a Buddhist temple near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, and after the 2011 tsunami, radiation levels prohibit the burial of her grandfather.
The Inland Sea
“It is to the Inland Sea that I am bound,” travel writer Donald Richie announces at the opening of his 1971 classic, The Inland Sea, recently republished by Stonebridge Press in a new edition. Richie, bemoaning the industrialization and commercialism threatening Japanese society, flees to the islands scattered across the Inland Sea, a body of water almost completely bound by three of Japan’s four major islands. In the relative isolation of fishing villages he searches out the essence of traditional Japanese culture.