Giappone, secret beauty with Alex Kerr

Alex Kerr, writer, orientalist and author of the book “The Beauty of secret Japan” will hold a special conference on Thursday 11 July at 18.30 at the Palazzo Reale in Milan.

Published by EDT, “The beauty of secret Japan” arrives in the bookstore where Alex Kerr tells of Japan and its ancient culture that is disappearing today. In this book, the author tells “from within” the millenary culture of Japan, with deep and passionate knowledge. Kerr talks about the sensuality of kabuki theater, the art of calligraphy, the tea ceremony, the rituals of Shintoism and the different Japanese religions. Without failing to talk about Zen monasteries, traditional architecture, the mysteries of everyday life and much more.

In “The beauty of secret Japan” the author describes the surviving natural and landscape beauties, such as the wonderful valley of Iya, on the island of Shikoku. Here, at the end of the seventies, Kerr bought an ancient rural house, Chiiori (the house of the flute). After the restoration where he paid great attention to traditional materials and techniques, Alex Kerr makes it the starting point of personal and passionate research towards the disappearing Japan.

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For those of you who don’t know Alex Kerr, we’re talking about an American writer living in Japan for over forty years. Kerr is also considered one of the most esteemed orientalists in the world and is the first and only Western writer to have been the recipient of the Scincho Gakugei Literary Award for the best non-fiction work in Japan.

Kerr has dedicated his life to the study of the culture and traditions of ancient Japan. From calligraphy to teaching traditional arts, from collectors to the restoration and architectural restoration of disused traditional houses. Kerr’s activities have created a form of sustainable tourism in the most unknown and unspoiled rural areas of Japan.

The Alex Kerr Conference

Of the beauty and secrets of ancient Japan, Alex Kerr will speak at his conference at the Palazzo Reale in Milan, Thursday 11 July 2019. Organized by the EDT publishing house in collaboration with Associazione Culturale Giappone in Italia, Alex Kerr will present us not only his new book but also his life experience in Japan.

At the end of the conference, there will be a tasting of three types of Japanese tea offered by La Teiera Eclettica di Milano.

We at Japan Italy Bridge will be there, and obviously, we are waiting for you!


When: Thursday 11 July, 6.30pm
Where: Palazzo Reale | Sala Conferenze Piazza Duomo 14, Milano
Accreditation: The conference is free with a request for accreditation by mail or telephone to 0115591851 |