Kyoto: A Cultural History

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Kyoto, the ancient former capital of Japan, breathes history and mystery. Its temples, gardens and palaces are testimony to many centuries of aristocratic and religious grandeur. Under the veneer of modernity, the city remains filled with countless reminders of a proud past. John Dougill explores this most venerable of Japanese cities, revealing the spirit of place and the individuals that have shaped its often dramatic history. Courtiers and courtesans, poets and priests, samurai and geisha people the pages of ...
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Overview


Kyoto, the ancient former capital of Japan, breathes history and mystery. Its temples, gardens and palaces are testimony to many centuries of aristocratic and religious grandeur. Under the veneer of modernity, the city remains filled with countless reminders of a proud past. John Dougill explores this most venerable of Japanese cities, revealing the spirit of place and the individuals that have shaped its often dramatic history. Courtiers and courtesans, poets and priests, samurai and geisha people the pages of his account. Covering twelve centuries in all, the book not only provides a historical overview but also brings to life the cultural magnificence of the city of "Purple Hills and Crystal Streams."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195301380
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/1/2005
  • Series: Cityscapes Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 942,879
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

John Dougill is Associate Professor of English at Ryukoku University in Kyoto. He is the author of Oxford in English Literature.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 City of Kammu (Heian) 1
Ch. 2 City of Genji (Heian) 20
Ch. 3 City of Buddhism (Heian-Kamakura) 37
Ch. 4 City of Heike (Heian-Kamakura) 60
Ch. 5 City of Zen (Kamakura-Muromachi) 76
Ch. 6 City of Noh (Muromachi) 96
Ch. 7 City of unification (Azuchi-Momoyama) 109
Ch. 8 City of tea (Momoyama) 124
Ch. 9 City of tradition (Edo) 143
Ch. 10 City of Geisha (Edo) 173
Ch. 11 City of Japaneseness (Meiji and after) 197
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