Author Karen Hill Anton has ventured down a road that all those struck by wanderlust would envy, and in her insightful and eloquently written memoir, “The View From Breast Pocket Mountain,” Anton illustrates how some of the best things in life are discovered by chance.

Readers of Anton’s Japan Times column Crossing Cultures, which ran from 1990 to 1999, are undoubtedly familiar with her life in Japan, specifically Tenryu, Shizuoka Prefecture, the place she has called home since 1975. Before settling down here, however, Anton traveled widely without a plan or a map, moving from place to place by relying on her intuition and trust in people to point her in the right direction.

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