An elaborate kaleidoscope of craft, artistry and religion, Kyoto is one of the world's most popular travel destinations. Art and design form the weft and warp of this vibrant 1,200-year-old city, home to hundreds of gardens, palaces, villas and magnificent wooden temples, including seventeen UNESCO World Heritage sites. Like a Zen koan, Kyoto defies easy description. Its citizens may work at Nintendo designing video games, at a company designing precision medical instruments, or sitting cross-legged meticulously affixing micro-thin flakes of gold foil onto a painting. All of them share a living heritage grounded in centuries of traditional culture. In "Kyoto: City of Zen, " local Kyoto expert Judith Clancy presents the most important gardens, temples, shrines and palaces of this ancient capital city and enduring cultural center. In addition to unveiling the city's spiritual and historical riches, this book shares with readers the exquisite foods, artistic crafts, religious ceremonies and architectural traditions that have flourished in Kyoto for over a millennium. Tea ceremonies, calligraphy, weaving, pottery, painting, drama, and many more traditional arts and crafts are presented through more than 350 photographs by Ben Simmons, whose images capture the true essence of Kyoto. The city's natural setting also comes into focus as you walk along leafy mountain paths and through spectacular parks and gardens viewing the best foliage each season has to offer.
An elaborate kaleidoscope of craft, artistry and religion, Kyoto is one of the world's most popular travel destinations.
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My life began in Kyoto many years ago, a real affair of the heart, one that continues to be as delightful and at times as frustrating as it was 42 years ago, but never dull. My idea of adulthood was one in which people knowledgeably discussed world events, spoke another language, and associated with others who shared a curiosity about the world.The Peace Corps seemed an excellent venue to settle my wanderlust while helping others, and in 1967, I went to rural South Korea as a paramedic. It proved an invaluable experience, complemented by the advice of Korean theologian who said, "If you only speak two languages and only know two countries, you can never truly be international. Living in three countries will give you a perspective that balances the mind and soul." Wanting to live in Kyoto since childhood, I settled there in 1970 after leaving Korea. My days are filled with teaching at Otani University in Kyoto, having previously worked as a secretary for 10 years at Kanebo, a large Osaka-based company, writing, interpreting and guiding around the city. I bought and converted a 120-year-old weaving studio in the city's weaving and dyeing district, along a slim alleyway with neighbors, all retired obi weavers.