Michio Hoshino traveled from his native Japan to Alaska in 1972 for what was intended to be a short two-week visit. He stayed for three months. Having found a deep affinity with the region, he returned to live in Alaska in 1978, undertaking a lifelong career as a naturalist and photographer (his first book was "Grizzly", published in 1986 by Chronicle Books.) For his images and his deep commitment to and curiosity about Alaska, he is still widly considered the preeminent photographer of the Alaskan wilderness. This book is a welcome and long overdue collection of his best photographs, as well as a dozen short excerpts from his writing. The book is divided into regional chapters tracing his travels, and includes a foreword by Lynn Schooler (who wrote the classic book "The Blue Bear" his friendship with Hoshino and their engagement with the alaskan wilderness), an introduction by Karen Colligan-Taylor (Hoshino's friend and translator), and an afterword by his widow, Naoko Hoshino.
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