May 18, 2012

Collection Name: Drachen Foundation Collection

Collection Number: 2208

Post Type: Book

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Artist or Author: Donald Richie

Creation Year: 1982

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ISBN: 0-87011-308-9 Language: English Description: "From the metropolitan bustle of busy, modem Tokyo to the serenity of classical Kyoto, from the northern frontier land of snowy Hokkaido to distinctly colorful Kyushu and Okinawa in the southwest, Japan is a country of striking contrasts and frequent contradictions-geisha and baseball, the Kabuki theater and oil refineries, skyscrapers of steel and glass, landscape gardens of sand and rock. The blend of the ancient and the contemporary is unique and fascinating.

Here in one volume are all the beauty and vitality of a nation whose recorded history reaches back nearly two thousand years, a nation that has progressed in little more than a century from self-imposed isolation to a place of prominence among the nations of the world. Facts-historical, geographic, cultural and economic-are wedded in a definitive combination to extraordinary pictures by some of Japan's leading photographers.

Edwin 0. Reischauer contributes an illuminating foreword, and the text and captions by Donald Richie, though brief, are incisive.

For the general reader, for those who have visited these islands and for those who are unfamiliar with them, this is a superbly well-rounded introduction."

Copyright 1978 Kodansha International Ltd.

72 pages

Geographic: Japan

Materials: Paper

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