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Visions of Fuji: An Incurable Malady of Modern Japan

Kohara, Masashi

ISBN 10: 4904257103 / ISBN 13: 9784904257104
Published by Izu Photo, 2011
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Title: Visions of Fuji: An Incurable Malady of ...

Publisher: Izu Photo

Publication Date: 2011

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

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"Published in conjunction with the exhibition 'Visions of Fuji: a Portrait of the Japanese People as Seen Through Mt. Fuji', held at Izu Photo Museum from June 9 to September 4, 2011"--Colophon. "Mt. Fuji is a unique mountain that has long attracted the reverence of the Japanese people. They look up at its graceful lines, sometimes as an object of religious veneration, at others, as a symbol of the nation. Although Mt. Fuji itself remains the immutable, different periods and changes in people's sentiments have given rise to the creation of various diverse images. The image of Mt. Fuji in poetry, literature and painting, etc. has undergone kaleidoscopic changes since ancient times, reflecting the mental landscape of Japanese who has assigned various ideologies and sentiments to this mountain. This exhibition ... present[s] photographs and various printed media depicting Mt. Fuji to illustrate the way its image has been transformed to cater to the tastes of the times: 'Fuji' in the mid- to late-nineteenth century, 'Fuji' through the eyes of foreigners, 'Fuji' at world expositions, 'Fuji' during the WWII and 'Fuji' in contemporary art, etc. Photography was invented in Europe in the mid-nineteenth century and arrived in Japan just as the feudal period was drawing to an end. It can therefore be argued that the numerous photographs that have been taken of Mt. Fuji since the medium was first introduced, represent a mirror on modern Japan and a portrait of the Japanese people who lived through the various periods since then."--Izu Museum website. 243 p. : ill. (some color) ; 25 cm. Text in English and Japanese.

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