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Document Type(s):Book Chapter
Book Title:Japanese Images of Nature: Cultrual Perspectives
Article/Chapter Title:Japanese Perceptions of Nature: Ideals and Illusions
Author(s):; Asquith, Pamela J
Religion(s):Shinto
Publisher Name:Curzon Press
Place of Publication:Surrey
Date of Publication:1997
Pages:1-35
Annotation:Remarking on the close relationship between the aesthetic appreciation of nature and religion, the authors challenge both the Western conception and the Japanese claim that people in Japan love and live in harmony with nature. They ask how nature is being defined and are questioning the effectiveness of Japanese monks and haiku poets on cultural attitudes. After presenting a variety of Japanese concepts of nature, they outline and connect their ideas with the insights presented in the remaining thirteen essays in the volume.
   
 
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