British writer Pico Iyer and his wife Hiroko Takeuchi at a Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Los Angeles, California, the US. Photo: Pico Iyer

British writer and poet Pico Iyer on life, love and mortality in Japan

  • Iyer’s new memoir is a homage to Japan, a reminder of the impermanence of life, and having the courage to carry on in your autumn years
  • He poses the question: ‘How do we hold on to the things we love even though we know that we and they are dying?’
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British writer Pico Iyer and his wife Hiroko Takeuchi at a Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Los Angeles, California, the US. Photo: Pico Iyer
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Kyoto’s Yasaka Shrine during Gion Matsuri. Photo: Alamy

The good, bad and ugly sides of Kyoto – the centre of traditional Japanese culture

  • Ancient meets modern in the former imperial capital, which is home to 1,681 Buddhist temples and 812 Shinto shrines
  • But the Japanese obsession with cuteness unfortunately does not seem to extend to modern architecture
Topic |   Asia Travel

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Kyoto’s Yasaka Shrine during Gion Matsuri. Photo: Alamy
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