It is difficult not to judge a book by its cover. Perhaps it's not surprising then that one of my favourite things about this book is its lovely cover. I might not have understood the series of poems on Japanese temples at the beginning nor the tributes to different pieces of writing at the end; but the ones with items featured on the cover, poems like On Food (featuring pork cutlets), Sakura and Pistachios were ones I could better appreciate. I wonder why.
The poetry featured is very Japanese, if that could be used as an adjective. From the get go where Japanese words are part of the first poem, Swimming Pool, to aforementioned Japanese temples, food and places, the book has a distinct flavour to it. Quiet and contemplative, it makes for an interesting read on the commute and the slim volume can be probably finished in a day or two. But one would probably have to take more time to full appreciate this body of work.
Well, this book would make a good present for lovers of all things Japanese. You can purchase it at a mere $16 at Books Actually. Get your copy today!