Kyoto Stories


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Kyoto Stories

A collection of stories based on the author’s own experiences living in Kyoto as a student. The stories comprise a naturalistic depiction of a student’s unusual life in Kyoto in the early years of the 1970s. In part a contemplative guide to and homage to the timeless beauty of the city at the heart of traditional Japan; seen by an outsider and with insights gained by having been in the right place at the right time and open to learning’s path in whatever form it took.

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About the Author(s)

Steve Alpert

Steve Alpert

Speaks Japanese and Chinese fluently, having lived in Tokyo, Kyoto, and Taipei for a combined total of over thirty-five years. For fifteen years beginning in 1996, he was a senior executive at Studio Ghibli. He lives in New Haven, Connecticut.