Alan Suemori
Special to The Hawai‘i Herald

“Once again I am driving southwest on the great Tokaidö Road that runs between Tökyö, the present capital of Japan, and Kyöto, the ancient capital . . . I am headed for the dream-haunted calm of the old inn called Minaguchi-ya.”

And so begins Oliver Statler’s classic recreation of an evanescent world that has long ago disappeared into the tide of memory. Published in 1961, Statler’s “Japanese Inn” met instant success in its initial printing, attracting an international audience of admirers who were captivated by its gentle reminiscences, unabashed romanticism and historical asides of feudal Japan.

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