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Book details
  • Genre:TRAVEL
  • SubGenre:Asia / Japan
  • Language:English
  • Pages:68
  • eBook ISBN:9781937946029

Japanese Summer

by Todd Garlington View author's profile page

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Overview


Description
Interested in Japanese culture but discouraged by purely touristic or academic accounts? Japanese Summer invites the reader on a unique three-month journey through urban, rural, and hidden Japan. In contrast to a lengthy survey, this deft memoir offers a collection of vignettes in journal form. Those drawn to the arts and humanities will appreciate the contemplative tone and vivid descriptions. Informative passages touch on language, customs, and aesthetics while pertinent philosophical interludes address the paradoxes of culture in general. On a more personal note, Japanese Summer also documents a fleeting period of young adulthood. The perception of mono no aware or "the sadness of things" emerges as a memorable season comes to pass. Themes of intimacy and alienation explored during the mid-nineties remain fresh if not more relevant today.
About the author

Todd Garlington is not a writer living in New Hampshire with his loving wife and a dog named Vesuvius. Todd Garlington is not a tortured soul pounding out his truth on a typewriter. He is not a child prodigy turned drug addict now telling all, nor is he the purported voice of a generation. Todd Garlington is a private matter, a period of reflection, a ripple in the flow. His written work explores temporality, decadence, and the paradoxes of personal and cultural identity.

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