Life in Kyoto


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  • Besides the four distinct seasons of spring, summer, autumn, and winter, the Japanese calendar recognises more nuanced seasonal changes in a subset of 24 periods that reflect the weather or the current state of flora and fauna. Although these slight transitions are quite difficult to perceive in our fast-paced modern lives, we are affected by them nonetheless. Also artworks cannot exist without a relationship to the seasons. This volume introduces works connected to these 24 seasonal periods, with a focus on artists who have deep ties with the city of Kyoto. The seasons are expressed in subtle details, such as the subject of a painting or the design of a kimono or ceramic vessel.
    240 p, ills colour, 18 x 24 cm, pb, Japanese/English