Kyoto: A Cultural History

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Oxford University Press, Feb 16, 2006 - History - 272 pages
Kyoto, the ancient former capital of Japan, breathes history and mystery. Its temples, gardens and palaces are testimony to many centuries of aristocratic and religious grandeur. Under the veneer of modernity, the city remains filled with countless reminders of a proud past. John Dougill explores this most venerable of Japanese cities, revealing the spirit of place and the individuals that have shaped its often dramatic history. Courtiers and courtesans, poets and priests, samurai and geisha people the pages of his account. Covering twelve centuries in all, the book not only provides a historical overview but also brings to life the cultural magnificence of the city of "Purple Hills and Crystal Streams."
 

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Contents

City of Kammu Heian
1
City of Genji Heian
20
City of Buddhism HeianKamakura
37
City of Heike HeianKamakura
60
City of Zen KamakuraMuromachi
76
City of Noh Muromachi
96
City of Unification AzuchiMomoyama
109
City of Tea Momoyama
124
City of Geisha Edo
173
City of Japaneseness Meiji and after
197
Further Reading
227
Glossary
229
Key Historical Dates
233
Index of Literary Historical Names
237
Index of Places
241
Copyright

City of Tradition Edo
143

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About the author (2006)

John Dougill is Associate Professor of English at Ryukoku University in Kyoto. He is the author of Oxford in English Literature.

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