Writer, commentator and film specialist Donald Richie has had a good year, on that saw, among other things, the publication of “The Japan Journals” and his receipt of the Rising Sun With Gold Rays, a prestigious award honoring a lifetime of achievement in the arts. Here he shares his thoughts.

Other writers have come and gone. In the “Journals” you’ve provided us with the longest expatriate account of Japan ever written. What has sustained your interest for so long?

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