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updated tue 5 dec 00


Russel Fouts on mon 4 dec 00

>> I've already mentioned my affection for Philip's Road throgh Miyama and
I'll second the recommendation of Learning to Bow. Along similar lines, I
also recommend Following the Brush by John Elder, Thank You and OK! by David
Chadwick and 36 Views of Mt. Fuji by Cathy Davidson. Among my all time
favorite books about visiting Japan is Pico Iyer's The Lady and the Monk.
And for a bit of fun, I strongly recommend Dave Barry Does Japan. <<

Miyama is wonderful, I think I got it from the Potter's Shop. Two other
books I read before going to Japan were Alex Kerr's "Lost Japan" and Karl
Taro Greenfeld's "Speed Tribes". Kerr's book, I read and re-read.

Russel (back again after about a month off Clayart. The "Project From Hell"
is over. We're really tired, pretty burned out but we did it!)

Russel Fouts
Mes Potes & Mes Pots
Brussels, Belgium
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Mobile: +32 476 55 38 75

Lee Love on mon 4 dec 00

My wife & I both liked Philip's book. We'd also recommend Oliver Statler's
_Japanese Inn_. It is about the Tokaido Road over time, from the
perspective of a traditional Japanese Inn ; Alan Booth's The Road To Sata ;
and Leslie Downer's book about Basho's journey (guessing the title to be
_Narrow Roads to Far Towns._) David Suzuki also wrote an interesting book
on outcasts in Japan. Can't remember the title.

David Chadwick shares the Zen teacher Katagiri Roshi, who my wife
Jean and I both studied with. We spent some time at the monastery on
Kyushu he writes about.

Lee Love
Mashiko JAPAN
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