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From Library Journal
Japanese photographer Ichihara, whose photographs have appeared in National Geographic, spent 12 years traveling throughout the monsoon regions of Asia to record the phenomenal impact of weather conditions upon the landscape and its inhabitants. He calls the monsoon "the mother wind, the womb of Asia," and his brief textual comments are as sublime as the 160 gorgeous plates seen here. These truly majestic images, which encompass the Bay of Bengal region, the Himalayan region, Southeast Asia, and the Far East, show us the seasonal contrasts of the dry, parched land compared with the soaking rains that nurture and destroy. With these photographs, Ichihara hopes to promote a better understanding of Asian cultural and religious traditions, and he entreats its people to live in harmony with their natural environment instead of forsaking it for material gain. Recommended for general collections-Joan Levin, MLS, Chicago
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