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A fascinating lecture accompanied by beautiful photographs. Highly recommended!
The presentation informed me of many facets of the JP culture. It did not change my idea of what a Japanese person is, but it surely added consideration not previously in mind.
Dr. Campbell is one of the best lecturers with Context. This lecture as well as his other lectures (esp. Secrets of Kyoto Geisha) are filled with expertise with respect to culture, tradition and nature.
Prof Campbell is so gifted at providing tools for insight into the Japanese approach to life and Japanese culture. He does so by introducing the Ancient Japanese micro seasonal calendar (24, then 72! delineations of how the seasons progress in nature), and then illustrating how this sensibility is enacted through the media of striking photographs and fascinating videos. Every aspect of the Japanese experience is a deliberate choice. Elements of each season are celebrated in Japanese life through the prism of all our human senses: what one tastes, the sounds and music one hears, what one sees around them in common every day objects, religious rites and artistic performances, the touch of fabrics and scents unique to foods and other rites . Humans engage with Nature's progression of the seasons through candies and foods very briefly and seasonally available in the markets and on the streets, the dishes foods are served in (for example, glass dishes to evoke water, that look cooler than dark dishes in summer) , customs , festivals, geisha dances, parades, even the prints that appear on kimonos so the viewer, not only the wearer can feel cooler or warmer and even soda cans. A terrific introduction and overview of how the Japanese culture and experience is all encompassing. I will never look at the pattern on a Japanese bowl the same way again. Professor Campbell is a master communicator and wonderful teacher.
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