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Zen Cats.

Yaginuma, Yoshiyuki (photography); Martin, Jana (text).

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ISBN 10: 0789207028 / ISBN 13: 9780789207029
Published by Abbeville Press, New York, London, Paris, 2001
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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96 pages. Hardcover with dustjacket. Very good condition. JAPAN. The embodiment of Zen - independent, serene, enlightened - cans inhabit temples, shrines, gardens, and part=ks throughout Japan. Photographer Yoshiyuki Yaginuma has captured these free spirits in many poses from meditating in a garden and baring fangs in a hunting stance to frolicking with the family, perching on statures, and curling in repose. (Key Words: Zen, Cats, Buddhism, Yoshiyuki Yaginuma, Jana Martin, Photography, Japan, Pets, Animals). Bookseller Inventory # 69353X1

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Title: Zen Cats.

Publisher: Abbeville Press, New York, London, Paris

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: First Edition..

Book Type: book

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The embodiment of Zen - independent, serene, enlightened - these cats inhabit the temples, shrines, gardens, and parks of Japan. The photographer has captured these free spirits in many poses, from meditating in a garden and baring fangs in a hunting stance, to frolicking with the family, perching on statues, and curling in repose. In Japan cats have always occupied a special place: the eternal symbol of good luck is a white cat with its paw raised, and ancient screens from centuries past are often graced with a cat. And in the rarefied world of Buddhist and Shinto temples cats have also been welcome for practical reasons. Since the monks eat rice and so do mice, there's more rice with cats regulating the population. Fascinated by these Zen cats, the photographer regularly visits temples and other places where they reside, and he feels the cats wait to greet him and his camera. His intriguing images are paired with poems by generations of Zen disciples and monks, who do not assign any human quality to them but praise them for what they are. How perfectly Zen-like after all!

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To delight cat lovers everywhere, here are more than 60 irresistible portraits of the Zenlike cats of Japan.

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