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Luis Frois: First Western Accounts of Japan's Gardens, Cities and Landscapes

Authors: Castel-Branco, Cristina, Carvalho, Guida

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  • Gathers the first descriptions of 22 16th century Japanese gardens (unpublished until 1984) and compares with their present state
     
    Shares the Portuguese Rennaissance accounts on Japanese gardens, cities and landscapes
     
    Highlights the mutual interest and peaceful Japanese encounter with the West, as recorded in the Namban Screens and in Frois’s descriptions

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This book focuses on Luis Frois, a 16th-century Portuguese Jesuit and chronicler, who recorded his impressions of Japanese gardens, cities and building practices, tea-drinking rituals, Japan’s unification efforts, cultural traditions, and the many differences between Europe and Japan in remarkable manuscripts almost lost to time. This research also draws on other Portuguese descriptions from contemporary sources spanning the years 1543 – 1597, later validated by Japanese history and iconography. Importantly, explorer Jorge Alvares recorded his experiences of discovery, prompting St. Francis Xavier to visit Japan in 1549, thus ushering in the “Christian Century” in Japan.
During this long period of accord and reciprocal curiosity, the Portuguese wrote in excess of 1500 pages of letters to European Jesuits that detail their impressions of the island nation—not to mention their observations of powerful public figures such as Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and Sen no Rikyu. In addition to examining these letters, the authors translated and researched early descriptions of 23 gardens in Kyoto and Nara and 9 important cities—later visited by the authors, sketched, photographed and compared with the imagery painted on 16th-century Japanese screens.

However, the data gathered for this project was found mainly within five large volumes of Frois’ História do Japão (2500 pages) and his Treaty on Contradictions—two incomparable anthropological works that were unpublished until the mid-20th century for reasons detailed herein. His volumes continue to be explored for their insightful observations of places, cultural practices, and the formidable historical figures with whom he interacted.

Thus, this book examines the world’s first globalization efforts that resulted in profitable commerce, the introduction of Portuguese firearms that changed Japan’s history, scientific advances, religious expansion, and many artistic exchanges that have endured the centuries.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • Introduction: Japanese-Portuguese Sixteenth-Century Encounter

    Pages 1-14

    Castel-Branco, Cristina (et al.)

  • Portuguese Presence in Japan (1543–1600)

    Pages 15-57

    Castel-Branco, Cristina (et al.)

  • Seventeen Kyoto Gardens Described by Frois and Vilela

    Pages 59-131

    Castel-Branco, Cristina (et al.)

  • Six Gardens in Nara Described by Frois and Others

    Pages 133-155

    Castel-Branco, Cristina (et al.)

  • Nine Cities and Landscapes Described by Frois and Others

    Pages 157-198

    Castel-Branco, Cristina (et al.)

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eBook $89.00
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-981-15-0018-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $119.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-981-15-0017-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Luis Frois: First Western Accounts of Japan's Gardens, Cities and Landscapes
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
eBook ISBN
978-981-15-0018-3
DOI
10.1007/978-981-15-0018-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-15-0017-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XLIII, 241
Number of Illustrations
7 b/w illustrations, 77 illustrations in colour
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