Vicus Lusorum

Books for General Readers

Hōjōki: A Hermit's Hut as Metaphor

Hōjōki is an extended meditation on the impermanence of the world and the danger of attachment. Written by the reclusive monk Kamo no Chōmei at the dawn of the thirteenth century, this classic work of Japanese literature is celebrated for its linguistic simplicity and philosophical depth. Using the house as a metaphor for worldly attachment, Chōmei encourages readers not to cling to possessions, status, or social recognition. Simplicity and self-reliance, he argues, are the keys to extinguishing desire and finding inner peace. Although Hōjōki is unmistakably inspired by Buddhist ideas, its message is both universal and timeless.

The second edition includes the Japanese source text and English translation, original images, maps, and notes.


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Illustrated Color Edition

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.


Kindle Edition