Japan's World Heritage Sites: Unique Culture, Unique Nature by John DougillJapan's World Heritage Sites: Unique Culture, Unique Nature by John Dougill

Japan's World Heritage Sites: Unique Culture, Unique Nature

byJohn Dougill

Hardcover | July 11, 2014

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It's a nice tome for armchair travel, whisking you off around the country from where you sit-or time travel, taking you back to that life-changing decade-lost holiday and old friends."- The Japan Times Visit the most compelling cultural and nature sites in all of Japan with this beautifully photographed travel guide.In Japan's World Heritage Sites, readers are introduced to the temples, gardens, castles and natural wonders for which Japan is so justly renowned-all of those now declared to be Unesco World Heritage Sites. Author John Dougill describes each site in detail, stating why they were singled out by Unesco, the current number and types of sites, the application process, how the sites have been selected, and how difficult it is to be given the special status of a World Heritage Site.Dougill traveled to all of the sites in Japan to research this book. Because the Japanese archipelago extends from Siberia all the way down to Taiwan, Dougill describes how his journey led him from the sub-Arctic to the sub-tropical zones. These are without a doubt the most interesting sites that Japan has to offer, including the following: - Mount Fuji, Japan's tallest and most sacred volcano. Located on Honshu Island near Tokyo, Mt. Fuji is considered the sacred symbol of Japan - Himeji Castle, a monument from Japan's long feudal history. Also known as Egret Castle, because it looks like a bird taking off in flight. - Horyu-ji Temple, the world's oldest surviving wooden structure-a center of Buddhist learning that still serves as a seminary and monastery - Hiroshima Peace Memorial or Atomic-Bomb Dome-one of the few structures to partially survive the atomic blast in 1945 - The Ogasawara Islands, a remote archipelago of over 30 islands-including Iwo Jima-that is home to rare wildlife and spectacular sceneryReaders will learn how Japan first became involved with the World Heritage Sites program back in 1993, the importance of these designations, and their popularity in Japan, where they are visited by millions of people annually, both Japanese and foreigners."
John Dougill is a professor at Ryukoku University in Kyoto. He has authored fourteen Japanese college textbooks as well as Kyoto: A Cultural Guide and In Search of Japan's Hidden Christians . Find him at greenshinto.com
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Title:Japan's World Heritage Sites: Unique Culture, Unique NatureFormat:HardcoverDimensions:192 pages, 12 × 9 × 0.81 inPublished:July 11, 2014Publisher:Tuttle PublishingLanguage:English

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John Dougill brings to this book an eye for telling detail and a skill in communicating the mood and essential character of Japan's World Heritage Sites . The description of each place contains practical information for the visitor, lush photographs, and a lively discussion of each site's history and major characteristics. The variety and geographic range promise the visitor an unforgettable experience of Japan." -Suzanne Gay, Professor of East Asian Studies and History, Oberlin College"How fortunate we are to have Kyoto's esteemed John Dougill bring us on his journey through the astonishing cultural and natural worlds of Japan's seventeen World Heritage Sites. Dougill, an established author on Japanese history and religion, knows what is most significant about these wonders, and so is our perfect guide." -John Einarsen, Founding Editor, Kyoto Journal "Japan's UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites are important and treasured attractions and this excellent book fully explores their grand beauty and deep spirituality. Reading through it is like taking a complete tour guided by a true expert." -David A. Mason, Specialist in Korean Cultural Tourism, NamSeoul University, Korea" Japan's World Heritage Sites is a beautiful introduction to the subject. With lavish photographs,excellent maps and thoughtful introductions to each site, the book is perfect for travel planning or as a resource while you're exploring Japan. It's a brilliant discussion of the varied and beautiful wonders of Japan." -Chris Rowthorn, Lonely Planet author"A fascinating and generously illustrated overview of Japan's World Heritage attractions, packed with useful visitor information. The book features well-known attractions, while spotlighting some of the lesser known gems amongst Japan's national treasures." -Julie Highmore, novelist"John Dougill's long experience as a writer on Japanese culture shines through in this marvelous compilation of all of Japan's World Heritage Sites . This beautifully written and lavishly illustrated volume offers a compelling and thorough view of Japan's premier historic and natural wonders." -Joseph Cali, author of books on Japan" Japan's World Heritage Sites offers plenty of dreamy photos of national wonders as well as helpful guides and maps." - About.com "From Mt. Fuji to ancient Kyoto to the Peace Memorial at Hiroshima, UNESCO tagged seventeen sites with their highest honor and the 350 color photographs and masterful descriptions will certainly solidify Japan's standing as a tourist destination." - Foreword Magazine "