The Survivors of Mt. Obasute tells the story of old Thomas' journey to the top of Mr. Obasute in Japan, a trip reminiscent of an unforgettable one he took twenty-five years earlier with his dear friend, Ume-san, an elderly woman whose family abandoned her. This story is a modern day version (with a twist) of the ancient Japanese practice of obasute, where the old were taken to the top of a mountain by the young and left there to die.
Larry Knipfing was born on Long Island, New York, in 1958 and has made Japan his home since 1980. Most of his writing has centered on things Japanese. Horace, The Shunga Tales, and Crow, the King of Sumo are the first of a series of fiction pieces released in 2012. He is interested in exploring the essence of Japanese beauty in both his writing, and other artistic forms.