I have to admit a personal interest in this book, because I took Gossage around for a day when he was in Tokyo last year. I was given instructions to find a place on the edge of the city—to paraphrase Gossage's own words, "a place on the way to the place you think I want to see." We walked around an industrial area near Tokyo's Haneda Airport, and it seemed to do the trick; actually, the bicycle I talked about was in a neighborhood around there. I was always a little surprised to see the things he chose to photograph (why that bike? why that alley?), but after looking at the finished product, it makes more sense. After finding a subject that caught his attention, Gossage would always take a few frames from different angles, shooting quickly but voraciously. I'm sure this helps his editing later, because it seems like it would be impossible to notice so many details (like the plants in the sidewalk) when photographing. Certainly, part of Gossage's craft lies in the ability to recognize these details later, and to edit the work in a way that brings them out. It was refreshing to hear from Gossage that he not only recognized his own limitations as a "decoder" of Japan, but turned this ability (or lack thereof) into the productive force behind the book.