Sake and Satori: Asian Journals -- Japan

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In 1954, famed mythologist Joseph Campbell traveled, at age 50, to Asia for the first time. In this second volume of his Asian journals, he continues East after nearly seven months in India, moving through Thailand, Cambodia, Burma, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and finally coming to rest, for a full five months, in Japan. Fueled by his remarkable eye for cultural differences and similarities, yet written through the unjaded perspective of a remarkably erudite teacher on his first trip to the Asia he has studied for most ...
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In 1954, famed mythologist Joseph Campbell traveled, at age 50, to Asia for the first time. In this second volume of his Asian journals, he continues East after nearly seven months in India, moving through Thailand, Cambodia, Burma, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and finally coming to rest, for a full five months, in Japan. Fueled by his remarkable eye for cultural differences and similarities, yet written through the unjaded perspective of a remarkably erudite teacher on his first trip to the Asia he has studied for most of his life, Sake and Satori is a unique snapshot of 1950s Asia and its rapidly changing post-colonial and Cold War tensions.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781577312369
  • Publisher: New World Library
  • Publication date: 11/10/2002
  • Series: The Collected Works of Joseph Campbell
  • Pages: 350
  • Sales rank: 972,353
  • Product dimensions: 5.79 (w) x 8.78 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Table of Contents

About the Collected Works of Joseph Campbell
Editor's Foreword
Notes on the Text
Ch. I The Buddha Land 1
Ch. II The Realm of the Senses 39
Ch. III From Sake to Satori 57
Ch. IV An American Buddhist in Kyoto 75
Ch. V Unimpeded 95
Ch. VI Tea and Fire 119
Ch. VII Surprises and Transformations 141
Ch. VIII A Vast and Difficult Question 149
Ch. IX Temple Treasures 163
Ch. X At the Seventh Step 185
Ch. XI Baksheesh Revisited 213
Ch. XII Penelope Returns 233
Ch. XIII Closing the Circle 253
App. A An Overview of the History of Buddhism in Japan 281
App. B The Nature Way: Shinto and Buddhism in Japan 285
Chapter Notes 295
Glossary 317
Acknowledgments 323
Index 325
About the Author 347
About the Joseph Campbell Foundation 349
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2002

    An Amazing Insight into Campbell the Man and Japan

    This book is a set of journals--heavily illustrated with Campbell's own drawings and photographs-- that follow the master mythologist through an amazing period of epiphany--a crystalization not only of his understanding of his own subject, but of what that subject is and where he wants to go with it. It's also a breath-taking insight into Campbell the man: you follow him into bars, fending off the advances of married American women (and a Frenchman!), into geisha houses (a section where he is shocked to find that he has procured the services not of a masseuse but of a prostitute is both hysterically funny and incredibly touching), into Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines. It even follows him on a working vacation, trailing his beloved wife, dancer Jean Erdman, as she teaches and performs around Japan. In addition to the wonderful pictures, the editor has done a great job of annotation, giving an amazing background for all the erudite references and colorful characters that come and go. I'd read Baksheesh and Brahman when it came out four or five years ago; I've just finished this one and enjoyed it every bit as much, if not more so--it answers many unanswered questions, and takes Campbell off on brand-new adventures.

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