Books for General Readers
A Hermit's Hut as Metaphor
Hōjōki is an extended reflection on the impermanence of the word written in Japan by the recluse Kamo no Chōmei around the dawn of the thirteenth century. The work is celebrated both for its poetic style and philosophical depth. The simplicity and consistency of the writing makes it ideal for teaching Classical Japanese. For its reflection on impermanence and non-attachment, Hōjōki is a model of Buddhist thought. Mindful of the fleeting nature of this world, Chōmei demands that readers reconsider what is most important in life. The message is as evocative as it is universal. This book presents the text of the Japanese original and English translation on facing pages with annotations and illustrations.
The Symbolism of Asia
An Illustrated, Introductory Guide
The world is filled with symbols. They permeate our civilisations and define our cultures. This introductory book help readers recognize key symbols of Asian civilisations and to read them for their cultural, social and religious significance. Richly illustrated with over 80 images, this book is a symbological exploration of the visual cultures of India, China, Japan, Korea, and Southeast Asia. It is a useful handbook for academics, students and travellers alike.