Chasing the Cherry Blossom Paperback

A Cycling Challenge in Search of the Spiritual Heart of Japan

by Lowell Sheppard;

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Chasing the Cherry Blossom

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The flowering of the cherry blossom is a powerful symbol of hope in Japan. The first buds open in the south in March and within six weeks the whole country has celebrated the blossom's return as a signal of new beginnings; the new academic year begins and young workers traditionally embark on their first jobs. Intrigued by this unique national celebration, and by Japan's rapid modernisation in the last sixty years, Lowell Sheppard sets out on a six week adventure through the 2000 mile length of the country, following the flowering of the blossom as it progresses north. Travelling on a bicycle, he experiences at close hand both everyday Japanese life and the glorious visual feast of the blossoms as he visits 100 viewing sites before the season is over. But when it ends, the sense of national disillusionment is tangible...This intimate encounter with the Japanese at their least inhibited reveals how they are coping with the transition from modernity to post-modernity and asks whether hope is to be found, or whether it is as elusive and fleeting as the cherry blossom.

Chasing the Cherry Blossom by Lowell Sheppard was published by Lion Hudson in April 2001 and is our 20634th best seller. The ISBN for Chasing the Cherry Blossom is 9780745950310.

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Details for Chasing the Cherry Blossom

Page last updated 13th October 2009
Author / Artist
Book Formatpaperback
PublisherLion Hudson (April 2001)
Number of Pages258
Thickness13 mm
Height198 mm
Width129 mm
Product Code20369
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