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

Japanese Summer

by Todd Garlington

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Overview
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.
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
I spent my childhood in rural Australia—on trails, along creeks, and through vast open spaces. Youth brought with it an urban exploration of the San Francisco Bay Area, another landscape that fueled my imagination and taste for adventure. Film school in Los Angeles followed, but a love of language ultimately prevailed over an interest in images. I graduated with both a large debt and the desire to write freely. Inspired by existential and outsider literature, my experience of their prevalent themes grew more acute in the years that followed. Hollow aspects of the workplace, romantic disappointments, and failed projects tested my will, patience, and at times sanity. A body of work evolved. A pathway opened up. To this day I tackle the paradoxes of personal and cultural identity.
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