This stunning travel pictorial highlights the fascinating culture, art, architecture, and people of Japan.
The nation of Japan is a diverse mixture of seething metropolises and peaceful temple complexes, of the most advanced in high technology and primitive folk festivals, of kimonos and business suits. Despite or even because of these contradictions, outsiders find the island nation unusually fascinating.
Although Japan is the most Westernized of Asian nations, it still retains its own identity. material and spirituality, gaudiness and simplicity, noise and silence intermingle, forming an exquisite dreamlike creation. Symbols and rituals count as important foundations of the modern state. The past lives on in tea ceremonies and ikebana, in sumptuous temple celebrations and joyful festivals.
More than 180 pictures illustrate the many facets of a nation existing somewhere between the past and the future. Four special sections report on the aesthetics of eating, the pleasures of hot baths, the little-known snow country to the north and the peculiarly Japanese fusion of art and craft.About the Author:Hans H. Kruger
was born in 1949 in the little German town of Lemgo, the birthplace of the famous physician, botanist and writer on Japan, Engelbert Kaempfer (1651-1716). Since the age of 19, he worked as an editor for newspapers and magazines in Germany. In 1977, he started traveling to Asia. He wrote books on Hong Kong, Vietnam, pirates in the Philippines. Since his first journey to Japan, he fell in love with the country and its people. He lives with his Japanese wife Yoko in Munich.