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Kyoto City of Zen: Visiting the Heritage Sites of Japan's Ancient Capital

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Kyoto City of Zen: Visiting the Heritage Sites of Japan’s Ancient Capital

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This travel pictorial and Japan travel guide captures the sites and soul of Kyoto – Japan’s historical and spiritual centre. An elaborate kaleidoscope of craft, artistry and religion, Kyoto is one of the world’s most popular travel destinations. Art and design form the weft and warp of this vibrant 1,200-year-old city, home to hundreds of gardens, palaces, villas and magnificent wooden temples – including seventeen UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Like a Zen koan, Kyoto defies easy description. Its citizens may work at Nintendo designing video games, at a company designing precision medical instruments, or sitting cross-legged meticulously affixing micro-thin flakes of gold foil onto a painting. All of them share a living heritage grounded in centuries of traditional culture.

In Kyoto City of Zen, local expert Judith Clancy presents the most important gardens, temples, shrines and palaces of this ancient capital city and enduring cultural center. In addition to unveiling the city’s spiritual and historical riches, this travel book shares with readers the exquisite foods, artistic crafts, religious ceremonies and architectural traditions that have flourished in Kyoto for over a millennium.

The city’s natural setting also comes into focus as the book guides you along leafy mountain paths and through spectacular parks and gardens-highlighting the best foliage each season has to offer.

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Dimensions 203 × 203 mm
Author

Judith Clancy

Author Bio

A resident of Kyoto for over 40 years, Judith Clancy lives in a 120-year-old converted weaver's studio in Nishijin, Kyoto's weaving and dyeing district. Originally, she studied the tea ceremony for six years at Urasenke, the tea school on the heartland of Japan's culture. Her first book, Naturescapes, was a tribute to the work of her Ikebana teacher Tamura Sukio. Clancy is also the author of Exploring Kyoto, a book offer 27 wonderful expeditions through the city. For 10 years, Clancy, was the English-speaking secretary to the head of the International Division at the Kanebo headquarters, a company founded on textiles, which eventually expanded to cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and foodstuffs. Today, Clancy interprets for different groups and teaches about Kyoto's history and culture, as well as teaching English at Otani University. Ben Simmons is a long-time Japan resident whose photos have appeared in books, magazines, and exhibitions worldwide, including the Victoria and Albert Museum and the United Nations. He holds an MFA from the University of Florida. Some of his other book projects are Tokyo Megacity and Traditional Japanese Architecture: An Exploration of Elements and Forms, both published by Tuttle.

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9784805315408

Book Type

Hardback

Kyoto City of Zen: Visiting the Heritage Sites of Japan’s Ancient Capital

$27.99

ISBN: 9784805309780 Category:

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In this book, local Kyoto expert Judith Clancy presents the most important gardens, temples, shrines and palaces of this ancient capital city and enduring cultural center. In addition to unveiling the city’s spiritual and historical riches, this book shares with readers the exquisite foods and artistic craft traditions that have flourished in Kyoto for over a millennium. Tea ceremonies, calligraphy, weaving, pottery, painting, drama, and many more traditional arts and crafts are presented through the masterful photographs of Ben Simmons, whose imagination captures the true essence of Kyoto. The city’s natural setting also comes into focus as you walk along leafy mountain paths and through parks, viewing the best foliage each season has to offer.

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Weight 737 g
Dimensions 203 × 203 mm
Author

Ben Simmons

Author Bio

A resident of Kyoto for over 40 years, Judith Clancy lives in a 120-year-old converted weaver's studio in Nishijin, Kyoto's weaving and dyeing district. She interprets for different groups and teaches about Kyoto's history and culture and is the author of "Exploring Kyoto."

Ben Simmons is a longtime Japan resident whose photos have appeared in books, magazines, and exhibitions worldwide, including the Victoria and Albert Museum and the United Nations. He holds an MFA from the University of Florida. Some of his other book projects are Tokyo Megacity and Traditional Japanese Architecture: An Exploration of Elements and Forms, both published by Tuttle.

ISBN

9784805309780

Book Type

Hardback

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