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Richard Lloyd Parry: An Outsider in Tokyo, 17 August 2006

The Japan Journals: 1947-2004 
by Donald Richie, edited by Leza Lowitz.
Stone Bridge, 494 pp., £13.99, October 2005, 1 880656 97 3
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... or a Paul Bowles. No one has had a greater yearning or been better qualified to fill this gap than Donald Richie. ‘Almost everything I do, everything that is known about me, is connected to this country,’ he wrote. ‘To be a person so intent upon describing a place not his own – isn’t this odd?’ Over sixty years in Japan, he has been a ...


Kitty Hauser: Style in Japan, 15 April 2004

by Shoichi Aoki.
Phaidon, 268 pp., £19.95, June 2003, 0 7148 4083 1
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The Image Factory: Fads and Fashions in Japan 
by Donald Richie.
Reaktion, 176 pp., £14.95, April 2003, 1 86189 153 9
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... tiny and helpless. These fashions seem to beg interpretation, but Fruits offers little, and while Donald Richie’s Image Factory promises an ‘appreciation’ of the ‘inherent meanings’ in ‘Japanese fads, fashions and styles’, readers will search in vain for insights. When he isn’t simply describing the various cultural phenomena he observes ...

It’s alive!

Christopher Tayler: The cult of Godzilla, 3 February 2005

Godzilla on My Mind: Fifty Years of the King of Monsters 
by William Tsutsui.
Palgrave, 240 pp., £8.99, December 2004, 1 4039 6474 2
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... were not so solemn. ‘It’s fun to watch the man walking on the toy buildings,’ was as far as Donald Richie was prepared to go in the Japan Times; Japanese critics weren’t much impressed either. Gojira was a domestic hit nevertheless. When it reached the US, however, it was strictly drive-in fare. ‘It’s alive! A gigantic beast, stalking the ...
The Restraint of Beasts 
by Magnus Mills.
Flamingo, 215 pp., £9.99, September 1998, 0 00 225720 3
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... restrained by the employees of a Scottish fencing company: a nameless English narrator and Tam and Richie, two fairly useless workmen under his command, who leave a trail of dissatisfied customers across the country. The first of these is Mr McCrindle, who phones the company to complain that his new fence has gone slack: ‘As Mr McCrindle had demonstrated by ...

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