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Japan: A Living Portrait (Origami Classroom) [Hardcover]

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Japan is alive with much more than tradition. Cities reverberate with the whirl of crisscrossing trains, pulsating neon, and hurry-scurrying crowds. High-tech skyscrapers rise from the rice paddies. Rural festivals unleash a torrent of raw energy in an otherwise tranquil countryside. And ancient volcanoes-after snoozing for centuries-awaken with a thunderous roar to remind the islands' inhabitants of the mighty forces of nature.
Beneath all the frenetic forward motion of present-day Japan lies a foundation built on over a millennium of recorded history and a vast legacy of artistic and cultural traditions. The Japanese often pause to reflect on their past-for there lies the key to their national identity, so often obscured in today's confusing web of satellites and semiconductors.
The contemporary color schemes, time-honored traditions, and dynamic natural beauty of Japan come to life in this lavishly illustrated book. Geisha and robots, Fuji and fine arts, shrines and skyscrapers-they're all here. An illuminating foreword by Mike Mansfield, former U.S. senator and ambassador to Japan, precedes a gallery of over 140 color photographs that highlight the nature, modern life, traditional arts, and contemporary culture of Japan. Accompanying the collage of photos are essays by author-poet Dorothy Britton, journalist Frederick Hiroshi Katayama, art historian Martha J. McClintock, and architect Azby Brown, who offer incisive perspectives on the country, its arts, and its people.
Through word and picture, this one volume brings together the contrasting faces of Japan. From the legendary cherry blossoms of Yoshinoyama to the colorful kitsch of urban architecture, Japan: A Living Portrait captures the eclectic synthesis of things past, present, and future that makes this island nation so endlessly fascinating.

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Pages   80
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 11.92" Width: 9.24" Height: 0.51"
Weight:   1.64 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 31, 1999
Publisher   Kodansha International
ISBN  4770024789  
ISBN13  9784770024787  

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More About Azby Brown

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Azby Brown is the director of KIT Future Design Institute in Tokyo. After studying architecture and sculpture at Yale College, Brown entered the Department of Architecture of the University of Tokyo under a grant from the Japanese Ministry of Education. After completing his Ph.D., he became an associate professor of architectural design at the Kanazawa Institute of Technology. He is the author of "Just Enough, Small Spaces, The Japanese Dream House, " and "The Very Small Home." He lives in Tokyo.

Azby Brown was born in 1956.

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Japan - A Living Portrait  Aug 3, 2000
A wonderful book which captures the essence of both modern and ancient Japan with numerous photos and concise written text. This book gives the reader a very accurate, yet perfectly simple taste of Japan. I highly reccomend this book to those who have never been or those who frequently visit Japan.
Step Into Japanese Arts  Feb 29, 2000
Here is a beautifully illustrated world, a door into Japanese painting, architecture, music and visual arts. An introduction to Japanese Shinto and Buddhism. Various articles by thoughtful artists and historians. A fine, illustrated cultural overview of Japan -- recommended for travelers and Japanophiles.

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