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Seeing Kyoto Hardcover – November 15, 2005

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"Juliet Winters Carpenter's text is written with elegance, guiding through an incredible experience as though the reader were there in person....I found this book allowed me to see the city with new eyes and appreciate it even more. Carpenter has successfully captured, through lyrical and detailed text and spectacular full page color photos, what there is to experience in Kyoto. This extraordinary book - which showcases all that makes it such a fascinating and treasured city - is a must-have for the traveler eager to journey there." -BookLoons.com"Captures all the elegance and charm of Japan's most beloved city with dozens of sumptuous images; includes cultural history as well as its artistic, culinary, and historical treasures." -ForeWord Magazine."..Among the best of the genre and fairly priced." -Library Journal"Crammed with photographs, each book provides readers with sound bites of information written by an eminent foreign resident of Japan, a foreword by a distinguished Japanese, various short essays, and a map and chronology chart on the inside cover." -The Japan Times

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During her thirty-plus years in Japan, award-winning translator JULIET CARPENTER, a graduate of the University of Michigan, has rendered into English a wide array of modern fiction, essays, and poetry by authors such as Kobo Abe, Fumiko Enchi, Machi Tawara, and Ryotaro Shiba. Her most recent translations include Shadow Family, a contemporary mystery by Miyuki Miyabe, and The Sail of My Soul, modern haiku by Seishi Yamaguchi. A devotee of traditional Japanese music, Carpenter is a licensed instructor of the koto and shamisen. She teaches at Doshisha Women's College of Liberal Arts in Kyoto and resides in Ikoma, Nara Prefecture.

SEN SOSHITSU XVI was born in 1956, the first son of Sen Soshitsu XV. He graduated from Doshisha University in Kyoto and was ordained as a buddhist clergyman at the age of twenty-six. In 2002, he succeeded his father as the grand master of the Urasenke tea school.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 95 pages
  • Publisher: Kodansha USA (November 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 4770023383
  • ISBN-13: 978-4770023384
  • Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 0.6 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,272,699 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Marco Antonio Abarca VINE VOICE on May 27, 2007
Format: Hardcover
"Seeing Kyoto" is a picturesque travel guide that is strong on beautiful photos and suggestions for walking routes. However, the image the book presents of Kyoto only captures a narrow slice of what Kyoto is really like. Kyoto is a large Japanese city with all of the crowding and drab concrete buldings that one associates with Tokyo. Yet within this bustling city, there are also beautiful tourist destinations that are unfortunately overwhelmed with tourists. "Seeing Kyoto" is a beautiful book with idealized images of Kyoto. Take this book with a large grain of salt.
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Seeing Kyoto with foreword by Sen Soshitsu, 16th generation head of Urasenke one of the four major schools of tea ceremony is a concise and excellent introduction to Kyoto and about ten pages are set aside for old capital of Nara. Foreword by Sen Soshitsu is a bit difficult to grasp at first and may represent traditional view of Kyoto. The author, however, shows a bit of tolerance toward the newly built Kyoto Station. This picture book with some author's brief introduction of Kyoto's history and culture may not be enough for Kyoto tourists but for Japan starters it is a great book to get to know about the old capital of Japan. Also Nara is briefly introduced here. As there are few books about Nara written in English in print, this book is a good book to introduce Nara as well.

Verdict: Very brief glimpse of Kyoto but it is well organized.
Rating: 91 out of 100
Recommended for: People who loves Japan. Good for a gift for your friend.
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Both for the coffee table and not-so-quick study, this is a great book. I visit Kyoto frequently - and have purchased a dozen different guides and retrospectives. This is a lovely, educating work.
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I was stationed in Japan a few years ago and fell in love with the city of Kyoto! While I have to wait till a good time to return, this book is the next best thing to being there! The pictures are beautiful and vibrant (just like the city). It's a great coffee table book!
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By j3 on July 6, 2015
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all ok
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