“Since the day I saw the blossoming treetops in the Yoshino mountains, my heart left my body behind.” The words of famed 12th-century poet Saigyõ still resonate today with contemporary Dutch photographer Cuny Janssen, who has produced yet another sensitively assembled artist’s book. The elegant, oversized publication combines text and image in homage to the luxuriant beauty of Japan’s Mount Yoshino and its 30,000 flanking cherry trees. For more than 1,400 years, the nearby temple, mountain slopes and river in Nara Prefecture have been a part of spring cherry blossom season in the Buddhist pilgrim calendar—a respite for aristocrats and modern-day tourists alike. This book, organized around 20 of Janssen’s major large-format photographs, includes an anthology of Japanese poetry and a travel essay, “A Fox in Yoshino,” from Dutch Japan-specialist Jos Vos.
Hardcover / 18 x 13 3/4 inches / 58 pp / 20 color
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