@lrhodes The only book I read "about" Japan (as opposed to fiction set in Japan) is John Dougill's brilliant book on Kyoto. Of course Meiji would mark the end of Kyoto's reign as the capital, but as a general history of Japan written by a British guy who absolutely loves it there, it's something special. Here's a 2013 interview with the author http://blog.colinmarshall.org/?p=1272
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