Lost Japan

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Lost Japan
Lost Japan book cover.JPG
2004 edition cover
Author Alex Kerr
Country Japan, United States
Language Japanese, English
Genre History, Japan
Publication date
1993 (Japanese), 1996 (English)
Media type Print
ISBN 978-0-86442-370-2

Lost Japan (美しき日本の残像 Utsukushiki Nihon no Zanzo?) is a 1993 book written by Alex Kerr.[1] It deals with his life in Japan and on aspects of Japanese culture that he was fascinated by. He wrote it in Japanese, and it was translated into English with the help of Bodhi Fishman and published as Lost Japan in 1996.


The book won the Shincho Gakugei literature award in 1994. Kerr was the first non-Japanese winner.[2][3]


  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


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