2015 / Authors on Asia Series to feature Gil Garcetti, author of “Japan: A Reverence for Beauty” May 3

USC Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena

Authors on Asia Series, Sunday, May 3 at 2:00 PM

Garcetti JapanGil Garcetti, author of “Japan: A Reverence for Beauty”

Photographer and Former Los Angeles County District Attorney Gil Garcetti discussing his new limited edition new book, Japan: A Reverence for Beauty

When Gil Garcetti visited Japan for the first time in 1967, he was struck with how surrounded he was by beauty. From the minute texture of moss on wet pavement to the expansive tapestry of an autumn forest; from a spider’s perfect web to the avant-garde skyline of Tokyo; from Shinto rites to stitching kimonos, this book provides the range of scale and breadth of subject matter that give true insight into the Japanese reverence for beauty.

Returning many times over the years, Garcetti explored the concept of beauty in this book, published in two languages, that reveals to Japanese and Americans alike, the lessons of a legacy of beauty that Japanese culture offers.

Essays include Everyday Altars of Beauty by Pico Iyer; Scattered Thoughts on Cherry Blossoms by Kendall H. Brown, The Aesthetics of Variations by Hitoshi Abe, and Accumulation of Tema and Caring by Atsuko Tanaka.

Books from his limited edition of 900 folios signed and numbered will be available for purchase at the program, which will be followed by light refreshments.

This event is Included with Museum Admission. RSVP to USC Pacific Asia Museum Store at (626) 449-2742, ext. 20 or tailing.wong@pam.usc.edu