Japan is on everybody’s mind these days. I was lucky to be asked to contribute an essay to a fantastic collection, Reimagining Japan, just out. It is already #1 nonfiction book in Japan and sold out in English on Amazon, but more copies will be available soon. The other contributors are artists, writers, historians, economists, CEOs and even a soccer coach and a videogame creator. Gorgeously illustrated and beautifully packaged, it has been called the most comprehensive book about Japan ever. You might have to wait a few weeks to hold it in your hands but, if it’s any consolation, so do I.
In March 2009, I explored the northwest corner of Hokkaido with my cousin Leslee for Conde Nast Traveler. It was wintry, stormy, remote and utterly beguiling. We skiied, dog-sledded and took untold number of hot springs baths. The food in Hokkaido is amazing too. We can’t wait to return!