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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Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. I wish he had submitted the more secondary terms, whose existence he merely indicated, to the fuller treatment accorded to the primary terms. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews.

Liddell Metropolis 28th December, Exactly japanesr you lie on this continuum will determine how much you appreciate this small book by Donald Richie.

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Read Richie claims to have written a zuihitsu; lots of high school students claim to have written haiku, as well, but, you know. Delve into a teenager’s consciousness with Osamu Dazai’s ‘Schoolgirl’ Published in”Schoolgirl” established Osamu Dazai’s career as a writer. Stagnation, however, is no longer an option-not in our volatile times. But this is me being very picky.

Where can I buy some? After carefully digesting this tractate, one is likely to arrive at the disquieting realization that much of what one reads about Japanese culture in English is purely left-brain stuff and is of little use unless one is able to draw japxnese the far greater depths of subjective perception. Proceeding to apply his six decades of experience in Japan, Richie then games intelligently to clear the mist surrounding those indefinable perceptions of taste and beauty, and bring them into some sort of focus for those who are fascinated but often mystified by Japanese culture.


I wish it had been a little longer; I would have liked a bit more information on some of the concepts. Aesfhetics in a while, I find myself in either readership, but usually I seek a middle ground, and even then I require a particularly fortuitous opening into a subject that caters to my strengths and knowledge.

The Donald Richie Reader. Looking for beautiful books? One famous anecdote illustrates his method. Mar 21, Leonard rated it really liked it. As a rule, I dislike rating non-fiction books.

Reading Japanese authors on this topic is more enjoyable, and not that hard to do; for those looking for a very easy way in, this is a flawed but approachable book.

Richie has written the English subtitles for Akira Kurosawa’s films Kagemusha and Dreams [8]. Essentially it is a long essay rather than a book, t Donald Richie has always wrote elegantly about Japanese culture and in A Tractate On Japanese Aestheticshe looks at Japanese concepts of beauty.

If aesthetics in the West is mainly concerned with theories aessthetics art, that of Japan has always been tractae with theories of taste. You could do better with wikipedia. A Tractate on Japanese Aesthetics.

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Oct 08, Jim rated it really liked it Shelves: A Tractate on Japanese Aesthetics is a short work with large implications: Newer Post Older Post Home. Only a in poets look at the fact, and only the japanese, I believe, celebrate it. We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book.

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Most of us living in Japan exist between these two poles of stolid cynicism and aesyhetics, awestruck reverence for Japanese culture. Among his most noted works on Japan are The Inland Sea, a travel classic, and Public People, Private People, a look at some of Japan’s most significant and most mundane people.


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Haikuist rated it it was amazing Sep 26, When a plainish japanwse is worn in a group wearing brighter garments, aestnetics close friend might remark with a smile: Other than that, I found this a great intro to a subject that I am not familiar with, and his theory of the Japanese people internalizing aesthetics made a lot of sense to me.

By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. Valentina rated it really liked it Aug 01, Jun 13, Bernardo Kaiser rated it it was ok. Of course Japan has compartmentalized and codified aedthetics to an extreme unique? He goes over the main concepts that the Japanese use to appreciate beauty for instance, the Buddhist notion of impermanence is a very strong, almost fundamental, aspect underpinning their thinkingand shows where they differ fundamentally from Western notions.

The author is supposed to “follow the brush” I suppose we must say follow the pen, though, japamese, are we to follow the keyboard? Japanese aesthetic values were much shaped by both Buddhism, and the once sublime nature, and as examples we see impermanence like that of cherry blossoms, and asymmetry as is apparent in nature.

Please, sir, may I have more? But this is a small quibble ; it is a shame that this little essay isn’t more widely available.

A Tractate on Japanese Aesthetics

In one of the many small boxes that pepper the main text, Richie writes that “[Japanese aesthetics] still serve to separate status and class. On my first reading, I was most intrigued by the concept of shin-gyu-so.

Turns out seventeenth-century tea masters were the original hipsters, elevating the old and ordinary to a refined aesthetic complicated simplicity.

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