This was meant to be a tribute to a living writer, one whose main concern beside health issues, was his own legacy.

It was with a heavy heart that I heard from Donald Richie’s longtime friend and editor Leza Lowitz that he had passed away on the morning of Tuesday, this week. He was 88. Temperamentally grouchy about hospital environs, he spent his last days, as he no doubt would have wished, in the surroundings of his own home in Tokyo’s Ueno district.

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