Kenny Fries embarks on a journey of profound self-discovery as a disabled foreigner in Japan, a society historically hostile to difference.   As he visits gardens, experiences Noh and buoh, and meets artists and scholars, he also discovers disabled gods, one-eyed samurai, blind chanting priests, and A-bomb survivors.  When he is diagnosed as HIV positive, all his assumptions about Japan, the body, and mortality, are shaken, and he must find a way to reenter life on new terms.
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Kenny Fries makes dazzling connections between the most intimate details and the most sweeping panoramas, and left me changed by his insights.
— Joan Silber, author of Ideas of Heaven