At the top of my Dream Vacation list is Japan. Why? I don’t entirely know. My general sense of Japanese culture is one of beauty, order, and peace. I also like their tendency to make material goods as adorable as possible. Japanese architecture resonates with some pagoda-shaped hole in my soul, and I want nothing so badly as to stand amongst a bajillion cherry blossom trees in full bloom. Well-meaning idiots tell me there are cherry blossom trees in DC, but that is not what I want.
I feel like there is a good chance I am actually Japanese wrapped in American skin, a feeling that Cathy N. Davidson understands and shares. Davidson is an American woman who lived in Japan four times over the course of a decade. She is an introspective and honest writer, intent on both describing the country as well as her thoughts concerning what she sees.
I adored reading about someone who allows me to vicariously live through her adventures. It is just enough to tide me over until I get a chance to visit Japan on my own.