"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things

that you didn't do than by the ones you did.

So throw off the bowlines.

Sail away from the safe harbor.

Catch the trade winds in your sails.

Explore. Dream. Discover.”

 — Mark Twain






A Fool's Journey: Wandering Japan's Inland Route in Search of a Notion

By William de Lange

“I had been here before: I was going from being a mere ‘interpreter’ to being a ‘cultural interpreter.’ It was a dangerous path to tread.”

Walking Japan's ancient inland route in search of a vague romantic notion, the author encounters a string of characters, locals with a story to tell. Recording their stories, the author braids a travelogue deftly interwoven with his own experiences since he first set foot in Japan some thirty years ago.

At times hilarious, at times serious,  at times moving, A Fool’s Journey is an exploration of one of Japan’s most scenic routes and its fascinating past. Above all, it is a gaijin’s exploration into his relationship with a country that continues to defy definition.



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