"[Iyer] is a sharp-eyed and thoughtful observer, and he is successful in evoking the life of Kyoto’s malls, temples, and back streets, moonlit nights on the water, and the vulgarity of the Westernized nightclub and amusement quarter." — New Yorker
"Pico Iyers remarkable talent is enough justification for going anywhere in the world he fancies." — Washington Post Book World
From the Trade Paperback edition.