Buddha in the land of the Kami (7th-12th centuries)

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Main contributor
Antoine, Jean
The history of Japan past and present is the story of the kami, the supernatural, not quite godlike spirits who underlie the Japanese-ness of Japan-who created the Japanese islands at the beginning of time and remain today the ones responsible for health and luck, for success in childbirth and business, for the proper functioning of silicon chips and the uniqueness and unity of the Japanese. This program begins with the creation myth of Japan and explains the origin and scope of the kami concept; explains the arrival of Buddhism and how Buddhism and the kami were assimilated; discusses the role of Chinese culture, style, and writing in Japanese culture; and demonstrates how the Japanese garden epitomizes the Japanese view of the relationship between humankind and nature, space, time, and reality. Originally produced in 1985 for the French series: Japon, le rêve et l'histoire. English version produced in 1989.
Lanchester, Robert
Films for the Humanities (Firm); Société nationale de télévision en couleur "Antenne 2."
Historical television programs; Educational television programs; Documentary television programs
Asian Culture; Japanese Culture; Religion; Japan; Religion, Philosophy; Japan -- History -- To 1185; Japan -- Civilization -- Buddhist influences; Japan -- Civilization -- Chinese influences; Shinto -- Relations -- Buddhism; Buddhism -- Japan -- History -- To 1185; Shinto -- History -- To 1185; Gods, Japanese; Spirits (Buddhism)
North America; United States
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53 minutes; color


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Creation/Production Credits

A co-production of Antenne 2 ... [et al.] ; written and directed by Jean Antoine ; narrator, Robert Lanchester.
Other Identifiers
Filename: lms-089523; Fedora 2 PID: umd:10559; Handle Identifier: hdl:1903.1/3034; Catalog Key: alephsys004124748; OCLC: ocn707964488

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