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Kyoto: A Cultural History
     

Kyoto: A Cultural History

by John Dougill
 

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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

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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 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."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195301373
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
12/01/2005
Series:
Cityscapes Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 5.70(h) x 0.90(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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