China: The Culture (Lands, Peoples, and Cultures)

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Four new countries and nine updated editions have been added to Bobbie Kalman's popular Lands, Peoples, and Cultures series. These powerful and intimate portraits of countries use up-to-date information and full-color photography. Presented in a mini series format, three books per country ensures thorough coverage of all the important aspects. It also allows more students to work on different projects at the same time. Covering more than basic history and geography, students will be fascinated to learn about: -- the land... geography, agriculture, transportation, history, industry, and glorious wonders-- the people... unique customs, customs we share, problems faced by minority groups and women-- the culture... modern festivals, ancient processions, food, games, and moreSpectacular new photographs highlight this new edition of Japan the culture. Fascinating aspects of Japanese theater, festivals, and fine arts are explained in clear, concise text.Other topics include: -- Japan's "national treasures"-- traditional clothing-- festivals throughout the seasons-- the ancient religions of Shinto and Buddhism-- the tea ceremony-- nature's influence on Japanese culture

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Describes the rich cultural heritage of Japan, including art, music, literature, and religion.

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Taken from Chapter 5: Japanese theater Noh theater Noh is Japan's oldest form of theater. Performances date back to the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries when plays were put on for the samurai and upper classes. Noh theater is still performed today. The most famous plays are based on legends and folktales. Noh plays often have a dreamlike quality and feature ghosts and spirits. Their timeless themes stress that life is like a wheel. Good and bad fortune come and go in never-ending cycles. Noh theater is well known for its masks and spectacular costumes. The two main characters change their masks frequently to reveal different emotions. If the heroine is miserable, she wears a mask to show her sadness. When she feels better, she puts on a happy mask. The scenery of a Noh play is simple; sometimes the stage is almost bare.

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