SAMURAI ROAD by Lawrence Winkler

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Samurai-Road

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Most remote islands of the imagination conjure up paradise.  Japan is an archipelago of puzzlement. From the sands that forged their swords and serenity, they traveled a Samurai Road of temples and shrines, feudal fortresses, and flowing mountain streams of wasabi.  On sashimi and soy sauce, and green tea over rice, they lived a thousand years of pathos, under cherry blossoms and ephemeral moonlight, in Zen gardens and futon dreams.  It was all so perfect…
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“The look in their eyes, when I told them I was going to Japan, fell somewhere between wonder and ‘I wonder.’  Which, after all, was where it had always been.”  So begins Lawrence Winkler’s modern masterpiece Japanese travelogue, Samurai Road.  The latest of eight books he wrote in the last years.

In April of 2013, Lawrence Winkler and his soulmate Robyn, set off under spring cherry blossoms to find the samurai who made the country.  Along the way they encounter a Kyoto intergalactic warp speed taxi driver, the double-jointed fingers of the best sushi chef in the world, a sidewalk sumo wrestler, and the most attentive concierge in all Japan.  Smiles and insights pour out of every person and place.  He writes lyrically of the beauty and pathos that lives at the core of the culture.
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Lawrence Winkler brings to life the customs and values of a feudal archipelago cut off from the rest of the world for a quarter of a millennium.  His narrative is laced with historical trivia and local character, as he masterfully reincarnates faint Samurai shadows back into the fascinating real men they were.

If you have ever wanted to know how the Japanese got to be the way they are, and find out how why the rest of the world can’t figure them out, Winkler’s great humor and poignant style will guide you into one of the most entertaining journeys you have taken.  A comedic adventure, a celebratory lament, destined to become a classic, Samurai Road will make you long for the nobility of a bygone age.
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SAMURAI ROAD by Lawrence Winkler – on pre-order now. Official book launch May 5.
http://www.amazon.com/Samurai-Road-Lawrence-Winkler-ebook/dp/B00UB46J14

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