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Augustin Berque is director of the Centre de recherche sur le Japon contemporain at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris. A humanistic geographer with an interest in urban, environmental, and cultural issues, he has published in French, Japanese, and English about Japanese attitudes to nature. Être humains sur la Terre: Principes d’éthique de l’écoumène (Gallimard, 1996), Médiance: de milieux en paysages (Montpelier, 1990), Le Sauvage et l’artifice: les Japonais devant la nature (Gallimard, 1986) [translated into English as Nature, Artifice and Japanese Culture (Pilkington Press, 1997)], and Vivre l’espace au Japon (PUF, 1982), are among his many works.

 

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