This from the Foreword may give you some idea:
Though there is much to learn about Kyoto in the pages that follow, this is not a typical guidebook, with a simple set of directions to sites of historical or architectural import. It is an anthology of meditative walks that expresses each writer’s deeper relationship to the area in which they live. All of the writers in this book have lived in Kyoto long enough to put down roots and call this city their home. They know their neighborhoods with the familiarity of old friends. In the walks that follow they will wander through Kyoto’s streets encountering old and intimate memories, and making new discoveries too. For this old city is alive and ever changing. And in walking these streets and recording their thoughts and feelings, these writers are reaffirming their personal relationship with Kyoto and creating a fine tribute to the city that we love.
More excerpts will follow in the coming days!
Deep Kyoto: Walks
Publisher: Deep Kyoto; 1st edition (May 18, 2014)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Price: $7.99 (811 yen)
Editors: Michael Lambe & Ted Taylor
Authors: Jennifer Louise Teeter, Bridget Scott, Miki Matsumoto, Robert Yellin, Pico Iyer, Chris Rowthorn, John Dougill, John Ashburne, Stephen Henry Gill, Sanborn Brown, Joel Stewart, Izumi Texidor-Hirai, Perrin Lindelauf and Judith Clancy.
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Phil Norton says
Got my copy!
Michael Lambe says
Great! Now I’ve got a preacherman on my side, nothing can stop me! Many thanks!
Jan Hicks says
Michael, I’m 7 walks in and loving it! My husband and I first bstayed in Kyoto on honeymoon 5 years ago. We’ve been back to Japan almost every year since. This year is the first time we didn’t stay in Kyoto, and I missed it. I don’t pretend to have in-depth knowledge of the city, but staying in apartments or machiya each time we go has given us a different view of the city. Already in the book I’ve encountered the familiar, picked out new aspects of places we know to explore next time, and discovered whole new areas of the city we haven’t touched on because they’re not really covered in the standard tourist guides. And all in the company of warm and witty writers.
When I finish the book, I’ll review it properly on Goodreads and my blog. For now, though, I’ll say well done and thank you for adding a fresh dimension to one of my favourite cities on the planet.
Michael Lambe says
That’s very kind, Jan. Thank you so much for sharing your early impressions of the book! I am very happy that you are enjoying it.