I bought this book a few weeks ago in a second hand bookstore in Camden Town for a few bucks. It seemed nice at first sight.
But when I sat down and carefully studied it- WOW! An excellent, truly authentic book packed with lots of simple recipes for tons of vegetables - everything that the author ate while living in Japanese buddhist temples. I dare to say this is the vegetarian equivalent of Japanese Cooking: A Simple Art, so if you loved it you'll love this one too. Quite complete without being an academic reference, a few pictures, but a lot a high quality drawings, and clear instructions.
The nice thing is really that most recipes are super simple and fast (and obviously super light and healthy), and most of them only call for 3-7 ingredients, so you won't need to spend your whole day in the kitchen which make this book perfect for quick afterwork dinners at home. You'll find the perfect way to turn that lonely carrot drying into your fridge into a delightful japanese appetizer to delight your guest (or yourself for that matter).