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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Books by Donald Richie. A Tractate on Japanese Aesthetics. So this book could really have used a few pictures to show some of the concepts. He explains aesthetic concepts like “wabi, sabi, aware, japznese and “yugen, ” and ponders their jspanese in art and cinema today. Do not fear that this is some sort of air-headed star-struck-with-Japan nonsense.
So he was, but when he arrived all the morning glories were no more; they had all been scythed. They aren’t Basho, and Richie is not Chomei. I had no problem with this approach and regretted only that the book is so short.
A Tractate on Japanese Aesthetics
No trivia or quizzes yet. Usually “introduction” and “free-association” means floofy and fluffy. As the above quote suggests, much in Japanese aesthetics is determined by social dynamics and one-upmanship. One must be careful of this in nonfiction nowadays. Yet as this year’s.
To heighten this, for him necessary, nonlinearity, he juxtaposes alongside the main text further texts which enrich the reader’s understanding but which he apparently felt that he could not work into the main text in a more organic manner. Recommended to anyone interested.
Jul 20, Lauren rated it really liked it. I had been interested in how the Japanese view beauty, because I found that some of their concepts iki, wabi-sabi etc accorded to tractats close to my own tastes, and was eager to find out more. May 31, Finlay rated it liked it Shelves: But this is a small quibble ; it is a shame that this little essay isn’t more widely available. What is notable at the start is the way Richie attempts to set his book apart by a calling it a “tractate,” and b asserting that an exploration of Eastern aesthetics is traxtate compatible with the ordered, logical, and analytical “conventions of a Western discourse.
If you are describing a special ceramic tea caddy with the glaze dripping down it just so, PLEASE include a photo so I can see what you are talking about. For Japanese, one of the most compelling aspects of beauty is the bitter-sweet awareness that it is only transient and always dies. Depths, I am japznese more motivated to see revealed.
From his first published book, Richie has revised not only the library of films he discusses, but the way he analyzes them. About Donald Richie Donald Richie has been writing about Japan for over 50 years from his base in Tokyo and is the author of over 40 books and hundreds of essays and reviews.
Other than that, I found this aestheitcs 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.
A Tractate on Japanese Aesthetics by Donald Richie
A very informative book on the japanese conception of aesthetics. In japnese of aesyhetics many small boxes that pepper the main text, Richie writes that “[Japanese aesthetics] still serve to separate status and class.
With each subsequent book, he has focused less on film theory and more oj the conditions in which the films were made. Although Richie speaks Japanese fluently, he can neither read nor write it.
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.
Stagnation, however, is no longer an option-not in our volatile times. He is widely admired for his incisive film studies on Ozu and Kurosawa, and for his stylish and incisive observations on Japanese culture.
He first worked as a typist, and then as a civilian staff writer for the Pacific Stars and Stripes. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. So he was, but when eh arrived all the morning glories were no m “Taste is an indication of an aesthetically legitimate dominance.
Art and Industry, coauthored with Joseph Anderson. 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. A Lateral View and Partial Views.
Neither of those terms describe this text. To heighten this, for him necessary, nonlinearity, he juxtapos As Richie explains in his preface, he has deliberately chosen to write A Tractate on Japanese Aesthetics as a zuihitsuthe form in which many influential Japanese chose to address aesthetic matters. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of Hence its rules and regulations, its complications, and its numerous dicta to be observed.
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. Many people everywhere spend jaoanese whole lives trying to escape the thought that one day they and all of theirs will be no more.
But this was an easy-going introduction. Yumeshima area redevelopment to feature boldly designed new station, skyscraper for Osaka World Expo 4 days ago.