Glimpses of the Rising Sun isn’t your typical travel book. It isn't even your typical book about Japan.
I don’t focus on the so-called must-see attractions of the country's major cities. I don’t endlessly bemoan how expensive Japan can be. I don’t marvel at the technology or the orderliness of Japanese society or otaku culture.
Instead, I take you on a personal journey to Japan. I try to go a bit further, a bit deeper than most travelogues do.
Most of the five essays that make up this book captures a space in time: a time of change. When I was in Japan 28 years ago, I was changing as a person. I arrived there still a bit young and inexperienced and a touch naive. I wasn’t in Japan long enough to form a full picture of the country.
Even so, the sights, the sounds, the smells, the tastes, the people and places all had an effect and influence on me. They opened my eyes and my mind wider. They helped shape my ideas and help me grow. The lessons I learned are as relevant today as they were in 1991.
I hope you find those lessons interesting, useful, and insightful.