The Ten Foot Square Hut and Tales of the Heike

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The Ten Foot Square Hut and Tales of the Heike by Kamo no Chomei, paperback, 271 pages, condition very good

"Ten Foot Square Hut" is an unforgettable, true, and brief memoire by a Heian-era court noble who gives up city life to live in the wooded hills outside of the city. One of his most memorable observations about Kyoto life at the time is that following fashion will exhaust you, but failing to follow fashion will make people think you're crazy. He walks away from what we might call the "rat race" of the time as well as a series of natural calamities (fires, storms and earthquakes) in Kyoto. In building his movable hut, he has chosen "like a hermit crab" a shell only as big as his basic needs.