Even though I am deeply immersed in China while I work on the book, I made a slight detour back to Japan this morning. Studio 360 on NPR broadcast an interview with the travel writer Pico Iyer. I was aware that they were in Japan while I was there and I have been waiting to hear about their visit. Pico Iyer has been living in Japan for the last twenty years. I think his description of Japanese culture and society and of his status on the fringes largely sums up my feelings about Japan. You can listen to the interview here.
The video and a slide show can be found here.