This just out today:
That’s right: The Boston Globe, full page, Kyoto in the 21st Century, and why it offers New Englanders a sense of being at home.
In the weeks ahead, expect to see more pieces filed from Japan on a range of topics, which will be appearing in Travel + Leisure. On Wednesday, T+L ran my piece on the cross-pollination of restaurants in Tokyo from NYC, and from Japan to NYC.
No place I know is more fascinating, filled with contradictions, ironies, and madly disturbing experiences which awaken the senses than Japan. And its relationship to the West goes both ways. No wonder Pico Iyer settled in Kyoto, no wonder Murakami came to Boston.
The first time this happened, when Peter the Great westernized Russian, it caused such great upheaval in identity and anxiety. In Japan, much of the same takes place. The crux of that anxiety is fertile ground for writers.