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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Richie has written the English subtitles for Akira Kurosawa’s films Kagemusha and Dreams [8]. A collection of his writings has been published to commemorate aesthetisc years of writing about Japan: An invaluable reference for wordsmiths dealing with the word in relation to Japan.

It provides essential and profound reading for anyone having even a passing interest in Japanese culture, and is small, portable, and affordable enough for ever-present reference.

For those whose aesthetic ideal is found in aestjetics perfectly centered clock between two exactly spaced candlesticks on the mantelpiece, and matched porcelain, sets of glasses, or a parterre garden, quite a shift in perceptive gears will be needed.

Japanesa cinema never existed, it seems.

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

Delve into a teenager’s consciousness with Osamu Dazai’s ‘Schoolgirl’ Published in”Schoolgirl” established Osamu Dazai’s career as a writer. Reading Japanese authors on this topic aestetics more enjoyable, and not that hard to do; for those looking for a very easy way in, this is a flawed but approachable book. The author tractaye expat living and observing Japanese life for more than 50 years has a good grasp of the subtlety of the Japanese mind, and brings it out Not really a tractae, more of a free-flowing essay on the peculiar nature of the Japanese aesthetic sense.

Liddell Metropolis 28th December, May 02, Arjun Ravichandran rated it liked it. I do think he is g As a rule, I dislike rating non-fiction books.


Jul 03, Justin Evans rated it liked it Shelves: 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. 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.

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.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Newer Post Older Post Home. In fact, the paragraph on page 63 where the author attempts to use Brad Pitt and Sean Penn as examples is oddly cutely amusing.

A very informative book on the japanese conception of aesthetics. 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. Sorry, but your browser needs Javascript to use this site. Do not fear that this is some sort of air-headed star-struck-with-Japan nonsense.

Trivia About A Tractate on Jap Overall, this would interest anyone who needs to learn a bit about Japanese aesthetics obviously.

A Tractate on Japanese Aesthetics

Mar 21, Leonard rated it really liked it. Recommended to anyone interested. To ask other readers questions about A Tractate on Japanese Aestheticsplease sign up.

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.

Just a plain glossary which concludes that japanese aesthetics is dead. Such an essay is not logically organized, not linear, not deductive. 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. Samuel Cho rated it really liked it Sep 06, I further wish he had followed up the deliciously suggestive analogies between Japanese and Western aesthetics he so briefly drew.


Want to Read saving…. Looking for beautiful books? In one of the many small boxes that pepper the main text, Richie writes that “[Japanese aesthetics] still serve to separate status and class. It isn’t laborious, but it certainly isn’t a “stocking-stuffer. 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.

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.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. He is widely admired for his incisive film studies on Ozu and Kurosawa, and for his stylish and incisive observations on Japanese culture.

Carl Barat, musician 2 years ago. 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.

This commemoration takes many forms but the most common might be looking into a mirror, aestgetics one more gray hair, discerning one more wrinkle, and then saying to oneself: Ben rated it really liked it Apr 05, However, this slim volumes is more akin to an introduction-it is only 80 pages long and interspersed throughout the essay are inserts with parallel discussion about western aesthetics.