Kokoro: Hints and Echoes of Japanese Inner Life, was first published in 1896 at a time when Japan was largely unknown to the Western world. Kokoro (心) which translates as ‘heart’ in English offers the reader the first glimpses into pre-industrial and Meji era Japan. Today the works of Lafcadio Hearn are mostly forgotten in the West and are fading from the memories of the Japanese.
This paperback edition of Kokoro: Hints and Echoes of Japanese Inner Life has been taken from the original edition of 1896. The copy took 18 months to prepare and was carefully cross-referenced with three other early editions. The book also features Japanese calligraphy that was commissioned by Wabi Sabi Press and written by a qualified Japanese calligraphy (Shodo - 書道) artist living in Kyushu, Japan where Lafcadio Hearn lived from 1891 - 1894.
“Why should not Japan become the France of the Further East?”
Kokoro: Hints and Echoes of Japanese Inner Life has been set in Minion Pro 11/13 x 23, a typeface designed by Robert Slimbach (1956– ) in 1990 and issued by Adobe Systems. Minion can be traced back to 1873 and found in Miller & Richards Typefounders Catalogue of the same year. The title is set in FF Meta Bold by Erik Spiekermann (1947– ) issued in 1991 and released through FontShop International.
Japanese Calligraphy (書道 – Shodou), an ancient form of artistic writing of the Japanese language by Shoko CopeKoga.
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Kokoro: Hints and Echoes of Japanese Inner Life offers the reader the first glimpses into pre-industrial and Meji era Japan.
Book Shelf Category
Literature, Japanese Studies, Folklore, Cultural Studies, and Travel Writing
|Release Date:||September 2011|
|Dimensions:||5" x 8" (203mm x 127mm)|