Japanese Portraits: Pictures of Different People (Tuttle Classics)

By Donald Richie

The deepest collections of longtime Japan resident and specialist on glossy jap tradition Donald Richie trap the personalities of definite jap people--some well-known, a few unknown--with perception and humor.

This impressive number of person images might be the 1st e-book concerning the eastern to view them totally unhindered via many of the theories approximately them—people as complex, as easy, as inscrutable, and as comprehensible as a person else.

In those fifty–four items there are either the famous—Mishima, Kawabata, Mifune, Kurosawa—and the unknown: the would–be geisha, the ex–boxer became gangster, the scheming bar madame and the outdated guy demise on my own. this is the infamous Sada Abe, who mutilated her useless lover and whose tale used to be filmed in Oshima's The Realm of the Senses

And this is Oshima himself, lifeless inebriated and making ideal experience; this is the actress who performed Abe, exiled in Rome. the following too is the supply boy who kills himself for romance, the lady who enjoyed a Korean, and the actress, a public idol, who abruptly and completely disappeared from view.

And there are dozens of others, people who have in universal, in addition to their eastern nationality, the truth that they knew the writer, and that —fortunatly for us—he knew them. This hugely own memories shape some of the most unique and deeply felt books on Japan ever to seem.

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