The cover of Shigeo Kato's new book. Photo by Brett Homenick.
Yesterday, I received a surprise in the mail. The great Shigeo Kato sent me a copy of his brand-new book, Shige-san: The Early Days of Hase, Kamakura. Kato-san, who turned 92 years old last month, shares his memories of growing up in Hase, Kamakura, in the form of a children's picture book.
The book seems to be only locally available in Kamakura, and it doesn't appear to be listed on amazon.com. (It doesn't even have a bar code on the back.) But it's a wonderful record of a bygone era through the eyes of a man who witnessed it all.
A great history of a city as told by an even greater man. Thank you very much for the present, Kato-san!