John Dougill's Kyoto: A Cultural and Literary History (Cities of the PDF

By John Dougill

Kyoto, the traditional former capital of Japan, breathes historical past and secret. Its temples, gardens and palaces are testimony to many centuries of aristocratic and non secular grandeur. lower than the veneer of modernity, the town is still full of numerous reminders of a proud prior. John Dougill explores this so much venerable of eastern towns, revealing the spirit of position and the participants that experience formed its frequently dramatic historical past. Courtiers and courtesans, poets and monks, samurai and geisha humans the pages of his account. protecting twelve centuries in all, the publication not just offers a ancient evaluate yet brings to existence the cultural beauty of town of "Purple Hills and Crystal Streams". urban of strength: The seat of noblemen and warriors; army may possibly and religious authority; unification and the transition to modernity. urban of formality: Buddhist sects and Shinto fairs; tea rite; the function of the geisha; the impression of Zen. urban of Arts: Poetry and fiction; structure and backyard layout; Heian verse and Noh theatre; paintings and handicrafts; the japanese Hollywood.

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