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    Jashūmon: Beauty's Bewitching Sleep

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    Printed in September 2020

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    ・Focuses on Hakushū Kitahara, a major poet, lyricist, and writer of nursery rhymes in modern Japanese literature
    ・A collection of the poet’s most famous works, which pioneered symbolic poetry in Japan
    ・Appreciate the sensual, exotic and decadent atmosphere of the time the collection was first published in 1909 through photographs.

    Fall under the spell of Hakushū’s timeless words and into this poetic world of fragrant beauty and mystery.
    Jashūmon is the debut collection of Hakushū Kitahara, a major poet in modern Japanese poetry. “Jashūmon” refers to the practice of Christianity that was once banned by the Edo shogunate. Hakushū likened himself to a Christian who kept secret faith, advocated indulgence in mystery, sensuality and bewitching illusions, and expressed images full of exoticism through shimmering language. This poetry collection, accompanied by Yasuhiro Okawa’s beautiful photographs, can be considered a monumental work of symbolic poetry in modern literary history.

    • Size:160×128mm
    • Pages:256Pages(Full Color)
    • Binding:Softbound
    • Publisher:PIE International
    • Language:Japanese
    • ISBN:978-4-7562-5372-9 C0070
    • Author:Hakushu Kitahara
    • Photographer: Yasuhiro Okawa

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    Born in 1885 (Meiji 18) in Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan, Hakushū is a poet who left a great mark on Japanese literature with a wide range of works, including nursery rhymes. Through Jashūmon, Hakushū’s debut collection of poems, he became known as a symbolic poet with an exotic sensibility.

    Yasuhiro Okawa (1944-) is a photographer who was born in Chiba Prefecture, Japan whose work has appeared in many well-known magazines such as Fujin Gahō, Utsukushii Kimono, Waraku and others. He is a member of the Japan Advertising Photographers’ Association.


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