This provocative book is a tractate a treatise on beauty in Japanese art, written in the manner of a “zuihitsu, ” a free-ranging assortment of ideas that follow the. THERE ARE TWO KINDS OF FOREIGNERS: The one who visits the holiest zen garden and sees nothing but a dirty pond, a bit of gravel, and. A Tractate on Japanese Aesthetics by Donald Richie, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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I do think he is g As a rule, I dislike rating non-fiction books.

A collection of his writings has been tractage to commemorate fifty years of writing about Japan: It seems that in our loud and gaudy times, some basic elements of the Japanese taste would be welcome. A Lateral View and Partial Views. Samuel Cho rated it really liked it Sep 06, Perturbed, Hideyoshi retired to the nearby tea house, and there the modest flower arrangement int he alcove was a single morning glory, the only survivor, superb in its focused simplicity. I enjoyed being free of a strict setup.

Depths, I am now more japannese to see revealed. Account Options Sign in. Please, sir, may I have more? Stone Bridge Press,79 pp. He was soon writing movie reviews in the Stars and Stripes. Where can I buy some? That is not saying that he doesn’t make some valid observations and novel commentary. Haikuist rated it it was amazing Sep 26, Hearing of it Hideyoshi demanded that he be invited to visit. This is a useful book explaining what makes Japanese art, literature, and philosophy unique.

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Having the informal structure allowed me to get a feeling for the ideas, without having to master volumes of terminology and history. It is still believed that, although the elements found common to beauty are perhaps universal, it is their reception the universal standard that creates the excellence of the art.


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Carl Japanesr, musician 2 years ago. Yumeshima area redevelopment to feature boldly designed new station, skyscraper for Osaka World Expo 4 days ago. A Tractate on Japanese Aesthetics. The layout of the book is somewhat akin to free-association He explains aesthetic concepts like “wabi, sabi, aware, ” and “yugen, ” and ponders their relevance in art and cinema today.

Want to Read saving…. Ben rated it really liked it Apr 05, As for me, I enjoyed it for all the wrong reasons.

Richie then returned to Japan as film critic for the The Japan Times and spent much of the second half of the twentieth century living there. Donald Richie has lived in Japan since the end of World War II and is responsible for a series of illuminating works, including an early aestherics on Japanese film.

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Even Japanese today often get their own traditional culture woefully wrong as can be seen in almost all the museum exhibits that are illuminated from overhead light sources my own personal bleat by which art was neither seen nor ever even envisaged by its creators.

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Only a few poets look at the fact, and only the japanese, I believe, celebrate it. Donald Richie has always wrote elegantly about Japanese culture and in A Tractate On Japanese Aestheticshe looks at Japanese concepts of beauty. Author Tom Wolfe describes Richie as: The one who visits the holiest zen garden and sees nothing but a dirty pond, a bit of gravel, and some shrubs, and the other who finds infinite spiritual wonders in a small, misshapen clay tea cup.


He first worked as a typist, and then as a civilian staff writer for the Pacific Stars and Stripes. I liked it a lot, yet it seemed like the outline of a larger work. It isn’t laborious, but it certainly isn’t a “stocking-stuffer.

adsthetics As a result, I found the analysis of concepts like wabi sabi, mono aware, sibui, and the others interesting. I’m not really the audience for this text, which feels very ‘mystical East,’ a feeling that is probably more about me than Richie, who obviously knows more about Japan than I will ever know; I’m just very sensitive i. He explains aesthetic concepts like wabi, aesthetlcs, aware, and yugen, and ponders their relevance in art and cinema today.

Book ratings by Goodreads. The acknowledged don of resident gaijin writers in Japan, Richie first came to these shores in as a cub reporter for the US military publication Pacific Stars and Stripes. Stagnation, however, is no longer an option-not in our volatile times. This commemoration takes many forms but the most common might be looking into a mirror, seeing one more gray hair, discerning one more wrinkle, and then saying to oneself: Deft, spare elucidation for Western audience.

The author does not come across as one who wants to sound pretentious or supercilious. May 09, Keith Bouchard rated it really liked it.

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