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  • Michael Hoffman
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  • 09 December 2020
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In the Land of the Kami review ↠ eBook or Kindle ePUB Michael Hoffman á 3 review read In the Land of the Kami T to the Japanese than life It is the author's proud boast that though the uestions are treated in some depth not a single definitive answer emerge. Michael Hoffman s new book In the Land of the Kami A Journey into the Hearts of Japan is a fascinating and well written collection of mainly essays Hoffman has lived in Japan since 1982 and all but three of these stories appeared in the Sunday Time Out section of The Japan TimesFirst to translate the title My dictionary defines kami as a god a goddess a deity a divinity a divine being And of course it may be plural so in Japan we re in the land of the godsAs Hoffman says in his Author s Note the topics are somewhat whimsical They came not from what he knew about the country and the culture but what he didn t know and wanted to understand What is Zen Who was Confucius How did death come to seem as it did for many centuries as much important to the Japanese than life What was Japan s Jazz AgeHoffman admits up front that he is no scholar and he relies on literary translators and scholars for his sources This means of course that a reader who wants to know about a topic can hunt up Hoffman s citations for a deeper and fuller discussion Because he is writing for a non specialist audience that lives I assume mainly in Japan what the nineteen non fiction stories may lack in scholarly depth they than make up for in accessibility and charm He includes a brief play and a fable neither of which I found as engaging as the essaysAs an example of the kinds of provocative uestions he attempts to answer consider this Do the Oriental hermit sage poets of old lonely and rootless innocent and childish wise with a wisdom they themselves call foolish neither listening to reason nor with any consistency speaking have anything to say to us of the wired world He thinks they do and suggests whyThe pages are studded with interesting insights sharply expressed In place of the Judeo Christian notion violated often enough but never lost from sight that life is a gift the Japanese have another notion no less deeply embedded that of impermanence Flowers fade cherry blossoms fall Blossoms are not beautiful in spite of their transience They are beautiful because they are transientAnother example Empty space is an acuired taste Americans aren t bred on it and some probably most see nothing in it One writing in an expatriate Yokohama newspaper in 1881 observed The Japanese are a happy race and being content with little are unlikely to achieve much In the Land of the Kami has interesting things to say about Japan and Japanese culture and history ie Shinto defies a direct approach It is easier to say what it is not than what it is easier to say what it lacks than what it hasA large literature of books by Westerners explaining Japan and the Japanese exists Many of these are written by people who neither speak the language nor lived in the country for a couple years Hoffman through long residence and extensive reading brings a depth and nuance to his essays that those books do not have This is for anyone who would like to know about Japan Bangkok Burn Bangkok Series #1 re in the land of the godsAs Hoffman says in his Author s Note the topics are somewhat whimsical They came not from what he knew about the country and the culture but what he didn t know and wanted to understand What is Zen Who was Confucius How did death come to seem as it did for many centuries as much important to the Japanese than life What was Japan s Jazz AgeHoffman admits up front that he is no scholar and he Bangkok Blackmail relies on literary translators and scholars for his sources This means of course that a Lost Innocence reader who wants to know about a topic can hunt up Hoffman s citations for a deeper and fuller discussion Because he is writing for a non specialist audience that lives I assume mainly in Japan what the nineteen non fiction stories may lack in scholarly depth they than make up for in accessibility and charm He includes a brief play and a fable neither of which I found as engaging as the essaysAs an example of the kinds of provocative uestions he attempts to answer consider this Do the Oriental hermit sage poets of old lonely and Paradise Eater rootless innocent and childish wise with a wisdom they themselves call foolish neither listening to The Orchid Tree reason nor with any consistency speaking have anything to say to us of the wired world He thinks they do and suggests whyThe pages are studded with interesting insights sharply expressed In place of the Judeo Christian notion violated often enough but never lost from sight that life is a gift the Japanese have another notion no less deeply embedded that of impermanence Flowers fade cherry blossoms fall Blossoms are not beautiful in spite of their transience They are beautiful because they are transientAnother example Empty space is an acuired taste Americans aren t bred on it and some probably most see nothing in it One writing in an expatriate Yokohama newspaper in 1881 observed The Japanese are a happy Ne'er the Twain Shall Meet race and being content with little are unlikely to achieve much In the Land of the Kami has interesting things to say about Japan and Japanese culture and history ie Shinto defies a direct approach It is easier to say what it is not than what it is easier to say what it lacks than what it hasA large literature of books by Westerners explaining Japan and the Japanese exists Many of these are written by people who neither speak the language nor lived in the country for a couple years Hoffman through long Miracle in the Cave residence and extensive Beyond Fair Trade reading brings a depth and nuance to his essays that those books do not have This is for anyone who would like to know about Japan

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