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Kamakura by Yone Noguchi is a riveting and lyrical exploration of love, nature, and the passage of time. Set against the backdrop of the historic Japanese city of Kamakura, the novel follows the intertwined lives of a young couple as they navigate the complexities of their relationship and the changing world around them.

Noguchi's prose is exquisitely crafted, drawing the reader into a world rich with sensory detail and emotional depth. His vivid descriptions of the natural landscape and cultural traditions of Kamakura provide a lush and immersive backdrop for the characters' personal journeys.

The novel delves into themes of longing, loss, and the transient beauty of life, inviting readers to reflect on the fleeting nature of human existence and the eternal cycles of nature. Noguchi's exploration of the passage of time is poignant and evocative, capturing the bittersweet essence of love and connection in a world constantly in flux.

Overall, Kamakura is a beautifully written and thought-provoking novel that lingers in the mind long after the final page is turned. Noguchi's poetic prose and keen insight into the human experience make this a must-read for anyone looking for a poignant and profound meditation on love, loss, and the enduring power of the natural world.

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'Kamakura is nothing if she has no history, writes Japanese novelist, poet, and essayist Yone Noguchi. At the turn of the 20th century, Kamakura was, as it is today, a commercialized coastal resort, a short train journey away from Tokyo. But Kamakura was once the most populous settlement in Japan and, in the middle ages, the seat of several major Buddhist sects. In this short book of meditative essays and poetry, Noguchi sets out to recover Kamakura's rich history in visits to its most important temples and shrines. The final essay is written by Noguchi's contemporary and friend, the American Japanophile, Lafcadio Hearn.

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