Lost Japan (Japan)


Lost Japan (Japanese)



『美しき日本の残像』 Utsukushiki Nihon no Zanzo


Utsukushiki Nihon no Zanzo is the original Japanese edition of Lost Japan. It's a group of autobiographical essays, describing experiences I had since coming to Japan as a boy in 1964, and how the country has changed.

I wrote this book in Japanese as a series of articles for Shincho 45 magazine. In 1993, the articles came out as a book Utsukushiki Nihon no Zanzo (Last Glimpse of Beautiful Japan), which won the Shincho Gakugei literature award in 1994 (the first ever by a foreigner ). I later translated the book with the help of Bodhi Fishman into English, and in 1996 Lonely Planet published the English version as Lost Japan.

In 2000, Shincho-sha the original publisher, ceded the rights to Asahi Bunko, which now publishes the book in soft-cover.

The Japanese edition includes two essays lacking in the English version: one, a preface by Kabuki actor Bando Tamasaburo, and the other, an article by noted writer Shiba Ryotaro, who was head of the committee that awarded the book the Shincho Gakugei prize

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Articles & Interviews

Preface to Lost Japan, by Bando Tamasaburo, 2001 Oct 1
「アレックスのこと 」坂東玉三郎
Revised preface by Kabuki actor Bando Tamasaburo for the 2001 edition of Lost Japan (Japanese edition) 『美しき日本の残像』

Matsuoka Seigo book review, 2001 Feb 01
松岡正剛 『千夜千冊』http://www.isis.ne.jp/mnn/senya/senya0221.html
Book review by cultural commentator Matsuoka Seigo, from his book review series Senya Sensatsu "A thousand nights, a thousand books"

Shiba Ryotaro: Judges' Commentary on Lost Japan being awarded the Shincho Gakugei Prize, 1994 Jun
「第七回新潮学芸賞選評 」 Shincho 45 magazine
Essay by writer and historian Shiba Ryotaro 司馬遼太郎, explaining why the panel of judges chose to award the Shincho Gakugei Prize to Lost Japan (Japanese edition) 『美しき日本の残像』