Edition: 2022
Pages: 152
Series: IR/L
ISBN: 9788858148525

Back to the Holy Forests

Lorenzo Colantoni


Jajell (Polish); Historical Quest (Greek)



An extraordinary journey into lesserknown Japan, from the mountains below the old imperial Nara to the sacred city of Hongu, to rediscover an ancient way of coexistence between humans and nature.

This book leaves behind the city, the guidebooks, the reports written in English and throws us into the void - into the silent countryside, among the thousand-year-old trees, where tradition is strong and forests are sacred. That is how the author met the real ghosts that followed him throughout the journey, among the dozens of abandoned villages, the last animist monks in the world, the thousand-year-old trees as big as towers and worshipped like gods. The charming pages of the book contain the text of the reportage, the maps narrating the route, together with illustrations by five professional artists who interpreted the chapters.

The author

Lorenzo Colantoni

Lorenzo Colantoni, environmental journalist with numerous field experiences in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and Europe, collaborates with ‘National Geographic’ and ‘la Repubblica’. He works on environmental crimes, the geopolitics of energy transition and the impact of environmental issues on world culture and society.

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