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This book is a compilation of 108 photographs from six series of photographs (Arakan, Fujohkan, Gyahtei, Dohoshim, Jyoudo and Wukong Mang Mang Ran) that represent the life work of photographer Manabu Yamanaka over the past twenty five years. All the series reference Buddhist concepts and represent Mr. Yamanaka's attempt to represent the inherent beauty of life. The original printed size of his black and white photographs reach 180 cm. in height or length. Mr. Yamanaka's works have been shown in the United States, Europe and South America, where they were highly praised.
My Buddhist beliefs began during my childhood in hometown, a deeply Buddhist neighborhood. There, Buddhist festivals served as a community focal point and helped to strengthen the faith of local residents. When I was small, I was injured in a serious traffic accident, which put me in the hospital, wavering between life and death for 10 days. But fortunately, quite miraculously, I survived. Meanwhile, I found that my beloved pet dog had died in my stead. So, after having received a second lease on life, I felt myself increasingly drawn to Buddhism, and turned my energies to the creation of Buddhist-influenced art through the medium of photography. I hope that I can deliver the message of Buddhism to people as many as possible through my work.