The Japan Scenery is a book written by Shigetaka SHIGA in 1894, and one of the bestsellers in the Meiji-era (1868-1912), Taisho-era (1912-1926), and first and second decades of Showa-era (1926-1945). In this book, SHIGA described passionately the beauty and the glory of the Japanese landscape ranked with that of European and American countries. This book changed the Japanese mind about the landscape of Japan and gave them a concept of "Japan, as our country".
SHIGA emphasized in this book, the importance of keeping the "core" -our identity as Japanese- when the people of Japan in Meiji-era tried to import the fruits of Euro-American culture in the traditional culture of Japan.
And today, a negative image of Japan is deeply held by most people who live there, and the people in all over the world are very anxious about the future of Japan, JCI Japan presents this e-book: "New Japan Scenery Our Precious heritage-" for rebuilding their confidence.
This publication will explore how the traditions, culture, and spiritual values of Japan came about and were continued over a period of many centuries. These are the values that Japan must seek to preserve for the future.
It is our sincere hope that this publication will help spread understanding of Japan's potential to contribute to the world. Such mutual understanding is to the benefit of everyone.