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In this never-before-published second volume of his Asian journals, Campbell reports on his travels through east Asia and his five-month stay in Japan. Campbell shares his experiences with Noh drama, Kabuki theater, and geisha houses, and explores how Asia absorbs and resists Western notions of gender, pluralism, and wealth. He relates charming conversations with fellow travelers, scholars, and Japanese people from all walks of life. Along the way, his passing asides develop into philosophical explorations augmented with photos and drawings.
"Campbell has become the rarest of intellects in American life: a serious thinker who has been embraced by popular culture."