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Japan and the Culture of the Four Seasons: Nature, Literature, and the Arts
Haruo Shirane, Columbia University
Dr. Haruo Shirane's lecture will examine the role that sensitivity to the changing seasons has had on Japanese literature, arts, gardens, and architecture. Elegant representations of nature and the four seasons populate a wide range of Japanese genres and media—from poetry and screen paintings to tea ceremony, flower arrangement, and annual observances. Dr. Shirane shows how, when, and why this practice developed and explains the richly encoded social, religious, and literary meanings of this imagery.
Dr. Shirane, Professor of Japanese literature and culture at Columbia University, is the author and editor of numerous books on Japanese literature. His most recent book is Japan and the Culture of the Four Seasons: Nature, Literature, and the Arts.
Thursday, October 4, 2012 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Smith Memorial Student Union, room 328-329, 1825 SW Broadway
Center For Japanese Studies