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Kyoto: A Cultural History (Cityscapes) Paperback – February 16, 2006
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The author has lived and worked in Kyoto for a long time as a professor of British Studies at Ryukoku University, and so has a deft first-hand familiarity with the city along with an obvious deep affection and enthusiasm for the place, all of which he unselfishly shares with the reader. On the other hand, since this is not his primary scholarly field, he has taken a vast store of variously scattered expert studies and translated primary sources and weaved these together with his own anecdotal accounts, memories, and impressions; some might dismiss this as "unoriginal" but to read so widely and then handpick the relevant portions and craft them into a coherent narrative that's personal, personable, entertaining, and informative all in one is no mean feat and is nothing to sneeze at. That said, the parts where he digressed to discuss his own experiences of Kyoto were often the parts that really shone for me as a reader, as these were often perceptive and thought-provoking as well as sometimes funny--and speaking of funny, the author has a wonderful penchant for lame puns and silly jokes that add a certain fatherly charm to the prose.Read more ›
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Go to Kyoto.. buy this book and go to Kyoto. What a wonderful place! This is a history of.. not a landmark walking bookPublished on March 2, 2014 by Mickey49erz
Reading a book like this is a good way to prepare for a visit to Kyoto, at least if you are interested in the cultural history of the place. Read morePublished on February 18, 2011 by A. Lindholm