A Japanese Mirror

Heroes and Villains of Japanese Culture

Ian Buruma

RRP: £12.99

1 August 2012

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781843549628

RRP: £8.99

6 August 2015

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781782398363

In this scintillating book, Ian Buruma peels away the myths that surround Japanese culture. With piercing analysis of cinema, theatre, television, art and legend, he shows the Japanese both ‘as they imagine themselves to be, and as they would like themselves to be.’

A Japanese Mirror examines samurai and gangsters, transvestites and goddesses to paint an eloquent picture of life in Japan. This is a country long shrouded in enigma and in his compelling book, Buruma reveals a culture rich in with poetry, beauty and wonder.