A very strange book. Two-thirds or more of these very tiny stories (like Haiku) were written between 1923 and 1935. Then 15 between 1944 and 1964, and one from 1972. We have heard of "occasional" writings; perhaps these need to be called "momentary" writings....
A collection of this sort will likely be, perhaps inevitably, uneven. Yet this collection certainly contain some, quite a few Kawabata masterpieces. I preferred the earlier stories, those from the early 20's, and some of the Postwar stories, such as "The Silver Fifty-Sen Pieces".
I've become a great admirerer of Kawabata.
Interestingly, Sorrentino's A Strange Commonplace and Human Abyss is, formally, a modernist (and certainly grittier) version of palm-of-the-hand writing.