1890. Yamamoto Kiyoki is a Japanese art student, dreaming of studying in Paris with the inspiring and vibrant Impressionist painters.
Yamamoto Ryusei is Kiyoki's father. Ryusei's art, carving intricate masks for traditional Japanese theater, has been his refuge from loneliness since the death of his beloved wife, and he is revered as the most inspired artist of his kind. He expects his only son to honor the traditions of his family and his country, not to be seduced by Western ideas of what is beautiful. Ryusei hopes Kiyoki will follow his own distinguished career, creating masks that will become the family's crowning achievement.
But what is a father to do when his son's path is not what he had planned? And how can a son honor his father, and yet fulfill his own destiny?
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"In 1890, Japan's rigid social systems are being challenged by exposure to the West. As narrator John Lee transports us to this foreign land, we hear of conflicts that arise when broadened horizons conflict with accepted social roles. LeeÕs careful pacing allows listeners to settle into this alien world. He tells the story of Kiyoki, a young art student whose dreams of study in Paris conflict with his fatherÕs dreams of his only heir continuing his work as mask maker for the traditional Japanese theater. Lee brings to life the loneliness and conflict in the heart of a young man who is trying to be true to himself in the face of cultural and family responsibilities. N.E.M. © AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"
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