A key to understand the complex world of the empire of the Rising Sun. Japan has been the first country in the Far East arousing such a great interest in the West
Among the extra-European civilizations, that of the Rising Sun surely represents one of the most fascinating realities because of its complex mix of history, religion, philosophy, art and age-old traditions, still present in Japanese society although its spectacular progress towards future.
This book has been committed to a specialist in Japanese culture, who has taken up the challenge, writing an accurate presentation in a language easy to understand also for non-specialist readers. The book surveys a period spanning from the origins to the Edo era, when Japan opened up to West. It follows in the footsteps of the other volumes of the series, each chapter dealing with important personalities, power and public life, religious aspects as the cult of the dead and everyday life.
Illustrations show the most important products of Japanese culture in all its facets. Readers will find many scrolls, masks, clothes, engravings, jades, china, architectures and other objects almost unknown to Italian public