Alongside great artists are those who witness their triumphs and setbacks, recording behind-the-scenes episodes that illuminate the processes of art.

Teruyo Nogami is one of those, although her contribution to Japanese cultural life is not limited to being an amanuensis to the great. Nogami is also a fine novelist in her own right, and an astute observer of the Showa Era (1926-1989) that she lived through.

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