9784805312131

The Little Book of Japan

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  • ISBN13:

    9784805312131

  • ISBN10:

    4805312130

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 9/10/2013
  • Publisher: Tuttle Pub
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Summary

This compact travel pictorial and Japan travel guide is packed with cultural and historical information along with charming photographs.

Japan is a country shrouded in mystery, even now in the 21st century. The myriad facets that, when put together, compose the whole of this nation are impossible to fully capture. But in The Little Book of Japan, the dynamic photographer-writer team of Gorazd Vilhar and Charlotte Anderson do an admirable job of creating a celebration in words and images that encapsulates what makes this country so extraordinary.

Small and easily portable, The Little Book of Japan is organized in a series of 44 essays with photographs contained within four chapters: Cultural Icons, Traditions, Places and Spiritual Life. Under these four overarching ideals, Vilhar and Anderson explore a wide range of topics from Japanese cultural icons and traditions to Japan's spiritual life to its unique cities and villages.

Broad enough to satisfy anyone with an interest in the culture, art, and beliefs of this unique island nation, yet comprehensive enough for the true Japanophile, The Little Book of Japan is a stunning collection of photographs and thoughtful essays. With everything from Cherry Blossoms to Sushi, Calligraphy to Kimonos, Old Tokyo to Hiroshima, to intimate details of Buddhism and Pilgrimages, this book is a beautiful and enjoyable way to learn more about the fascinating island nation of Japan.

Author Biography

Gorazd Vilhar and Charlotte Anderson are a photographer-writer team who have resided in Japan since 1985. Vilhar is a native of Slovenia and is an art historian by education. Anderson is a cultural anthropologist by training. Together they have produced six books on Japan and its traditional culture, including Matsuri: World of Japanese Festivals and Incomparable Japanese Gardens.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Chapter 1: Cultural Icons

Bonsai
Castles
Cherry Blossoms
Gardens
Geishas and Maikos
Koi
Otaku Culture
Mt. Fuji
Sushi
Tattoos
Trains
Tea

Chapter 2: Traditions
Autumn Foliage
Calligraphy
Curtains
Traditional Footwear
Japanese Houses
Ikebana
Kimonos & Obis
Bento Boxes
Onsen
Rice
Ryokan

Chapter 3: Places
Old Tokyo
New Tokyo
Yokohama
Kamakura
Hakone
Nikko
Kyoto
Nara
Osaka and Kobe
Hiroshima
Hokkaido
Okinawa

Chapter 4: Spiritual Life
Buddhism
Life Cycle Ceremonies
Festivals
Japanese New Year
O-Bon Festival
Offerings
Pilgrimages
Shinto
Amulets & Talismans
Acknowledgments

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