on 22 March 2014
Quite scholar and academic the book is plentyfull of precious and relevant informations
After a short historical about shinto, terms and parts of the architecture are detaily explained.
Accurate drawings illustrate this part of the subject.
An interesting part is made for festivals.
A big part of the shrines of the study have been chosen subectivly
They are all introduced with informations which will be helpful to the tourists.
then followed by a historical and their specifics
The book format is regretfully rather small and compact.
With such dimensions more than a study it's rather a heavy tourist guide which will noticeably load any bag
To this i regret that the book doesn't offer any complete map featuring all chosen shrines
The choice of the places is not the one i would have done.
More than diging deep into the subject the book turns to be more likely an introduction to different places worth being visited.
Of course the richness of the explanations, the translation of all japanese terms have to be praised.
Compared to others the book appears a bit emotionless, thankfully from the illustrations emanate the Shinto spirited energy.