I adored this book. It was very disturbing, yet really made you think. Kawabata is an incredible writer. This book is unlike his others, yet it was very good! To this day, some of the stories still haunt my mind. I strongly suggest you get this!
This book is a collection of very short stories. They were written during various stages of the authors life (20s-70s). While I didn't understand some of them, most were quite pretty. I recommend it for those who enjoy unusual literature (from a typical American view at least).