The Road through Miyama Author:Leila Philip Philip recounts her trip in 1983 to Miyama, at the southern tip of the islands of Japan, where she studied with a master potter. Although she was already a potter and fluent in Japanese, her two-year stay required constant adjustment to a totally different culture, described here with sensitivity and clarity. Apprentice, woman, and foreigner, sh... more »e was at times put in a subordinate position, at other times free to do what a Japanese woman could not, such as participate in rice planting and harvesting (to the amusement of the Japanese).« less
Quite a well-written memoir! Pottery aspect of the story became a bit detailed at times, slowing down the overall story a bit, but that's a minor quibble. Author does a terrific job in showing details of small town Japanese society; although events took place a generation ago, the book didn't feel particularly dated at all.