I am very partial to anything Japan (hardcore yaoi fan here).
I am also very partial to illustrations in my books. They used to be a very common occurrence when I was younger. This book was a pleasant surprise in that respect :)
That said, I really enjoyed this story itself, however short and simple it was :)
Camping out in the woods, in an ancient temple, a Fox spirit and a former samurai fall in love while trying to save a local village, free the Fox and get rid of an evil, hiding under pretence of a saviour. A very good adult fairy tale :)