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The temples of Kyoto
Richie, Donald, 1924-2013.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Rutland, Vt. : C.E. Tuttle, [1995]

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152 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
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BQ6353.K82 R52 1995 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Donald Richie, the dean of art critics in Japan, offers a guided tour of the marvellous temples of Japans ancient capital, Kyoto. Richie presents twenty-one turns temples with authoritative scholarship and an eye for the dramatic, drawing on such classic sources as The Tale of Genji and Essays in Idleness. First on the itinerary is a comprehensive history of Japanese Buddhism narrating the development of these celestial-seeming cities. From the Tendai warrior-priests of Enryaku-ji to the floating vision of paradise at Byodo-in, the past springs eternal in the Temples of Kyoto. Share the thrills in hundreds of brilliant photographs of the temples.

Author Notes

Donald Richie was born, in Lima, Ohio on April 17, 1924. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Maritime Service as a civilian typist. He explored Tokyo on foot and began to attend the movies, which he wrote about for Stars and Stripes and later for the Japan Times. He received a bachelor's degree in English from Columbia University in 1953 and then returned to Japan. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, he was a film curator at New York's Museum of Modern Art, but by 1973 he returned to live permanently in Japan.

He wrote more than 50 books about all aspects of Japan including film, food, social customs, fables, gardens, temples, folk art, music, pop culture, tattoos and sexual mores. His works include The Inland Sea, Memoirs of the Warrior Kumagai, The Films of Akira Kurosawa, and Zen Inklings. He died on February 19, 2013 at the age of 88.

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