A little book that will charm the curious and lovers of Japan and its art of living.
There is an art of living well and aging well in Japan. The author invites us to discover it in Ogura, a small village nestled in the hollow of a valley at the foot of the mountains around Kyoto. Hubert Delahaye spent his professional life at the Collège de France in the field of sinology. He was attached to the Chair of Social and Intellectual History of China by Jacques Gernet and then to the Institutes of the Far East as a lecturer. It is natural that he was also interested in Japanese neighbors, those islanders so close to the Chinese and at the same time so different ...
Tale of old ladies with broken backs
"... Impressionist painting of a 'Japan which owes a lot to old ladies with broken backs', this brief, delicately chiseled story reveals the Japanese unalterable faculty of forgetting ..."
Rites and rout of rural Japan
"... Ogura is a pier. We interfere in this universe where nature is sovereign and man a simple companion of passage ... "
Chronicles of Eternity
"... He knows how to restore this padded atmosphere, specific to the Land of the Rising Sun, made of communion with nature and beings. A moment of total escape, in the sweetness ... "
“... With this literary text, Hubert Delahaye testifies with great tenderness of a preserved place in Japan. While evoking the traditions of the past, mentalities, ways of living, the author touches us with this old lady who seems so happy and serene to enjoy her last days away from the noise of the city ... "
"... One hundred and twenty pages of zen, calm, beauty, frequentation of this charming old lady who does not complain. One hundred and twenty positive pages tinged with a light humor that take you out of the everyday ... "
Hubert Delahaye spent his professional life at the Collège de France in the field of sinology. He was attached to the Chair of Social and Intellectual History of China by Jacques Gernet then at the Institutes of the Far East as Lecturer. It was only natural that he was also interested in the neighbors Japanese, these islanders so close to the Chinese and at the same time so different ...