by Dolores Root, Theodore Bestor and Victoria Lyon-Bestor. Ever since Commodore Perry and the United States Navy "opened" Japan to the West in 1853, Americans have been fascinated with the island nation. Each generation tries to discover the "real" Japan. But each sees from its own cultural perspective, and forms and reforms the same impressions. It's illuminating to ask why, a century and a half after Perry's voyage, Americans still rely on this limited stock of images. Paper: 30 pp. B/w photos.