The 'world's greatest living travel writer' has spent 32 years in Japan. Here's what he's observed.
- Pico Iyer is the author of eight works of nonfiction and two novels. The following is an excerpt from his book, "A Beginner's Guide to Japan: Observations and Provocations."
- Iyer has spent 32 years in Japan, his adopted home.
- In this excerpt, accompanied by Iyer's original photography, Iyer offers a poetic introduction to the intricacies of Japanese culture.
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There are eleven arrows on the sign above you, as you disembark in Kyoto Station. They point left, right, straight ahead and backwards. In the middle is a question mark.
So much is available, almost nothing can be found. You're in a living web site of sorts - boxes and links popping up on every side, leading to art gallery and "Happy Terrace," to six-story post office and 13-floor department store - but nobody's given you the password.