I am both a fine arts photographer and book designer. Seldom have I seen such a beautiful marriage of these two art forms! Unfortunately, Amazon's photograph promoting the book does not show that the book comes within a box, with flexible wooden boards in a three-piece binding. As someone who owns all of Kenna's books, this presentation of Hokkaido images is spectacular (though some have been published in previous books). Kenna cheerfully breaks all the usual rules regarding the importance of sun and shadow and, instead, heads out during and after storms in order to capture the luminous quality of sky, sea, and land. He concentrates on the drama of simplicity, silence, mood, and loneliness, with exquisite sensitivity to graphic composition. "Hokkaido" is one of the finest productions and compilations of the year!