Lost Japan

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Lost Japan is a 1994 book written by Alex Kerr on aspects of Japanese culture which were interesting to him as an American living in that country.


The book won the Shincho Gakugei literature award in 1994.[1]


  1. Looking for a Castle
  2. Iya Valley - the author purchases and repairs Chiiori
  3. Kabuki - the author describes 1977 Minami-za theatre shows and meeting then 65-year old Nakamura Jakuemon IV, an onnagata dancer
  4. Art Collecting - the author describes collecting centuries-old calligraphy cheaply
  5. China versus Japan
  6. Calligraphy
  7. Tenmangu (after the Ōsaka Tenmangū Shrine)
  8. Trammell Crow - the author describes his job as an art collector for this person
  9. Kyoto
  10. The Road to Nara
  11. Outer Nara
  12. Osaka
  13. The Literati - the author compares Oxford All Souls' Warden John Sparrow as Western literati with the educated leisure class of Japan
  14. Last Glimpse


  1. ^ "Lost Japan (English)". Retrieved 24 August 2011. 

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