In Search of ‘Lost Japan’

by Kelly Monaghan


Ishikawa-mon in Kanazawa

As someone who came of age believing that Toshiro Mifune in Yojimbo was way cooler than Clint Eastwood in A Fistful of Dollars, Japan has held a special fascination for me. I also clung to the vague belief that the Japanese were a nation of flower arranging traditionalists who kept alive the samurai spirit even as they whipped Detroit at its own game and slapped Japanese names on every electronic appliance in the American home.

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