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Culture Kojiki: Birth of Japan

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Pros
  • Fantastic and imaginative artwork
Cons
  • Very little text and explanations
The Kojiki (古事記) is a compilation of the earliest Japanese myths and narratives and was completed in the early 8th century. Kazumi Wild's "artist book" of only 32 pages focuses on the first part of the chronicle, the Age of Gods, that describes the creation of heaven and earth and the myths surrounding the foundation of Japan.

The author's simple, yet imaginative illustrations tell a story that spans from the initial chaos to the birth of the first heavenly deities and the appearance of Izanagi and Izanami who - by standing on the floating bridge of heaven and stirring the primaeval brine of the universe with a mystical spear - created the Japanese archipelago and numerous other deities.

Each illustration is accompanied by a few lines of text guiding the reader through the narrative. These sentences are as simple as the artwork and somehow help the reader interpret the chronology of the spectacular, exotic, and - according to the author - often comical events.

Regardless of your first impression, this is an artist's not a children's book (although it is recommended for children over 14). The artwork is fantastic and will fascinate those interested in Japanese mythology and the foundations of Japanese culture.

A selection of Mrs Wilds' gripping illustrations:

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