I have been a great admirer of Donald Richie’s work for over 30 years. Anyone who aspires to write about Japan and things Japanese should read everything he’s ever published. To do so is to embark on a master class. To read Donald—really read him as opposed to going through the motions—is to understand the enormous knowledge he has of his subjects and the tremendous skill he deploys in making each subject so accessible to the reader. As so often with fine art and craftsmanship, what appears to be so easily achieved at first glance bears the hallmarks of practiced hard work on close examination.