By Donald Richie
Publish yr note: First released in 1991
A masterfully written selection of brief essays through the famous Western professional on eastern tradition and picture and the fellow Time journal calls "the dean of artwork critics in Japan." Spanning greater than thirty years, Richie translates his followed home's artistic accomplishments in the course of its upward push to financial and cultural energy.
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A Lateral View: Essays on Culture and Style in Contemporary Japan by Donald Richie