Welcome to the Official Author's Site of Sato Kenji, historian and anthropologist.

In his first major publication, Sato Kenji took the anthropological world by storm. A History of Train Travel on the Japanese Isles amasses an astonishing number of folktales from every corner of his native country. Through these strange and fascinating tales, a larger picture of what trains mean to us becomes just a little clearer. Mankind's relationship to his enormous, speeding creation is at the center of this unique and vital book.

As Sato Kenji begins his American tour, he asks the tantalizing question: in a nation where trains are overpriced, inconvenient, and inevitably destined to become obsolete, what spiritual relationship can Westerners form with the old iron horse?

Watch this site for information about tour dates, promotions, new essays, and information about the new Italian edition of HTTJI, illustrated by the author.

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