The Little Book of Kyoto is a celebratory visual guide to one of the world's truly unique cities.
Kyoto was Japan's imperial capital for one thousand years, as well as its cultural birthplace. A companion to the best-selling The Little Book of Japan, this captivating volume weaves words and images to form a rich tapestry of the fantastic sights of Kyoto, including dozens of World Heritage Sites, Zen gardens, temples, shrines, shopping areas, festivals, and food.
A series of forty-eight highlights, organized into four chapters, cover Kyoto's imperial legacy, culture and customs, Zen heritage, top attractions, and its essential spirit. Veteran photojournalist Ben Simmons continues a journey of discovery begun over twenty-five years ago, seeking fresh insights and an immersive take on this endlessly compelling city. Explore its history, art, cultural commentary, and Japanese travel tips.
Small enough to carry anywhere, this book is the perfect guide to accompany travelers on their trip to Kyoto—whether visiting for the first time or simply taking a more in-depth look beneath the surface of this ancient capital.
About the Author: Ben Simmons grew up in Columbus, Georgia, and completed a Master of Fine Arts in photography and art history at the University of Florida. He has a degree in psychology from the State University of New York. Ben taught photography at Haystack Mountain School on Deer Isle, Maine, and was Photography Resident at Penland School of Crafts in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, before moving to Japan, where he has been working as a professional photojournalist for more than 20 years. Recent books include Kyoto Gardens: Masterworks of the Japanese Gardener's Art; Japanese Architecture; Tokyo Megacity; Kyoto: City of Zen; Tokyo Desire; and Japans Heilige Platze.