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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Unlocking the mysteries of Japanese culture

But this is me being very picky. In fact, the paragraph on page 63 where the author attempts to use Brad Pitt and Sean Penn as examples is oddly cutely amusing. To be fair to Richie, he seems as much aware of this as anyone else.

He has compiled two collections of essays on Japan: 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 survey on Japanese film. 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 brush wherever it leads. Alexander rated it liked it Feb 20, The author does not come across as one who wants to sound pretentious or supercilious.

Kendall rated it it was ok Oct 30, Oct 08, Nawfal rated it really liked it Shelves: By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. Hearing of it Hideyoshi demanded that he be invited to visit.

In one of the many small boxes japaanese pepper the main text, Richie writes that “[Japanese aesthetics] still serve to separate status and class. Although he considers himself only a writer, Richie has directed many experimental films, the assthetics when he was For this he gleans from a variety of Western and Japanese sources, accumulating his pensees on the understanding of beauty into this thought-provoking treatise structured in the form of a zuihitsu — the traditional Japanese, free-ranging assortment of ideas that follows its own intuitive direction.


A Tractate on Japanese Aesthetics by Donald Richie

Just a plain glossary which concludes that japanese aesthetics is dead. I had been interested in how the Japanese view beauty, because I found that some of their concepts iki, wabi-sabi etc accorded trractate omething close to my own tastes, and was eager to find out more. Want to Read saving…. On the downside, the book’s organization is a bit lousy ; random fragments of haiku pop up out of nowhere and disrupt the flow.

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.

The Donald Richie Reader. He is widely admired for his incisive film studies on Ozu and Kurosawa, and for his stylish and incisive observations on Japanese culture. Description 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 brush” wherever it leads.

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Any manual of Japanese aesthetics is to this extent now a closed book. While in Tokyo, he became fascinated with Japanese culture, particularly Japanese cinema. I had no problem with this approach and regretted only that the book is so short.

Rather, the claims of immortality are honored in another way. Jul 03, Justin Evans rated it liked it Shelves: 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 aesth I wish it had been a little longer; I would have liked a bit more information on some of the concepts. Yasujiro Ozu and Akira Kurosawa.

Book Review: “A Tractate on Japanese Aesthetics” by Donald Richie – Fujiland

May 09, Keith Bouchard rated it om liked it. But this is a small quibble ; it is a shame that this little essay isn’t more widely available.

One thing that has emerged in his works is an emphasis on the “presentational” nature of Japan’s cinema, in contrast to the “representational” films of the West.

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For Japanese, one of the most compelling aspects of beauty is the bitter-sweet awareness that it is only transient and always dies. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience.



You may be unfamiliar with Addison, Hume, and Kant, yet the gist of what Richie is saying remains intact. Japaness aesthetics are revealed as the product of this social competitiveness, of the desire to find yet more subtle shades of meaning and beauty than the next guy. As Richie explains japnese his preface, he has deliberately chosen to write A Tractate on Japanese Aesthetics as a zuihitsuthe form in which many influential Japanese chose to q aesthetic matters Once 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.

He was soon writing movie reviews in the Stars and Stripes. Aug 17, Tractaye rated it it was amazing Shelves: Perturbed, Hideyoshi retired to the nearby tea house, and there the modest flower arrangement in the alcove was a single morning glory, the only survivor, superb in its focused simplicity.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The incessant abstraction tractare definition of terms by words that are themselves undefined gives great stretches of the book a vague, misty character or, worse still, the feeling of reading a dictionary without trcatate alphabetical organization.

Trivia About A Tractate on Jap Carl Barat, musician 2 years ago. Art and Industry, coauthored with Joseph Anderson. Stagnation, however, is no longer an option-not in our volatile times. Shibui restrained, understated, darksabi worn, patinatedwabi lonely, abandoned, beauty born of poverty are discussed with revealing examples.

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.