Japan and the Culture of the Four Seasons, Nature, literature and the arts, -by Haruo Shirane
Elegant representations of nature and the four seasons populate a wide range of Japanese genres and media -- from poetry and screen painting to tea ceremonies, flower arrangements, and annual observances
Illuminating the deeper meaning behind Japanese aesthetics and artifacts, Shirane clarifies the use of natural images and seasonal topics and the changes in their cultural associations and function across history, genre, and community over more than a millennium. In this fascinating book, the four seasons are revealed to be as much a cultural construction as a reflection of the physical world.
This book is paper bound. It is published in English by the Columbia University Press, and contains many photos and illustrations. It is in good condition. This copy is autographed by the author.
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