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HERBER E. PLUTSCHOW was born in Zurich, Switzerland, in 1939. After studying at the University of Paris and then at Waseda University in Tokyo, he obtained a doctorate in Japanese studies at Columbia University in New York. He now teaches Japanese literature and history at the University of California, Los Angeles, and his work on classical Japanese literature has been published in several languages.

DONALD KEENE, the well-known scholar in Japanese studies, is currently Professor of Japanese at Columbia University. The author of numerous works on Japanese culture, he received the Order of the Rising Sun in 1974 for his distinguished role in the introduction of Japanese literature abroad.
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  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Kodansha USA (April 15, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870119044
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870119040
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.4 x 11.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,090,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Kirk Hughey on March 28, 2000
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The clearest expression of the Japanese genius is always found in the small...the simple expression of an essential character and insight. In that sense, this book itself exemplifies its subject; the city of Kyoto, Japan's cultural heart. A map on the inside cover with locations of treasured sites begins our orientation. A foreward by Donald Keene evokes his experience of the grace and pleasures of Kyoto and locates us in the poetic character of the city. The visual and tangible is the key to any understanding of Japan and for most of us it is the only route around the barrier of language. It is surprising, but perfectly appropriate, to find our next stage is not text but a series of photographs that rank among the best this writer has seen on the subject (if only as a collection of superb photographs this book would be a bargain). These photographs lead to text that gives us, clearly and succinctly, a brief history of the city.which, in turn, is followed by another series of photographs with examples of daily life and craft continuing the past into the present. A list of principal festivals, line drawings of selected costumes and artifacts, a chronology of Japanese history(on the inside back cover) interspersed through the book all follow the principle of focusing on the essential.. As an introduction to Kyoto this little book is exemplary; as a capsuled insight into Japanese culture it is indispensible.
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By Danielle on March 14, 2015
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It came faster than I expected and I'm great condition. I'm very pleased with my order of this beautiful book. The photos are wonderful and the information very helpful. I hope for more orders like this in the future.
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