Synopses & Reviews
From the metropolitan bustle of busy, modern 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.
This book provides, in addition to the incisive text and captions written by Donald Richie, an informative foreword by the late Edwin O. Reischauer.
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.
Historical, geographical, cultural, and economic facts complement extraordinary color photographs to create a unique and fascinating introduction to Japan.
About the Author
DONALD RICHIE, born in the United States in 1924, has lived in Japan off and on for nearly fifty years. Formerly Curator of Film at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, he is well known as the Western authority on the Japanese cinema, but has also written many books on the country, including The Inland Sea and Different People.
EDWIN O. REISCHAUER was born in Japan in 1910. He became a professor at Harvard University in 1946, but left the university temporarily to be the United States Ambassador to Japan from 1961 to 1966. Dr. Reischauer became one of the best-known authorities on the country, producing numerous works such as Japan: The Story of a Nation and The Japanese. He died in 1990.