Donald Richie

The author of some thirty books and dozens of essays, Donald Richie is especially well known for his instrumental role in introducing Japanese film to the West and for his travel memoir The Inland Sea, which was adapted into a popular PBS documentary. Richie for many years wrote a weekly book review column for The Japan Times.

In addition to The Inland Sea, Richie's books published by Stone Bridge Press include A Lateral View, Travels in the East, A Tractate on Japanese Aesthetics, The Donald Richie Reader, and The Japan Journals. He recently wrote the forewords to A Critical Handbook of Japanese Film Directors by Alexander Jacoby, and Waiting on the Weather: Making Movies with Akira Kurosawa by Teruyo Nogami.


  • "One of his era's most influential and ubiquitous writers on Japan."
    The New York Times
  • "Donald Richie writes about Japan with an unrivaled range, acuity, and wit. His lateral view opens up fresh perspectives on many human gestures and ways of doing art and society."
    Susan Sontag
  • "This essayist, film critic, fiction writer, screenwriter, portraitist . . . has built an honest, revealing body of work that spans the entire postwar era."
    The Nation
  • "One of America's major interpreters of the Japanese experience."
    Library Journal