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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Dylan rated it really liked aesthetixs Aug 26, Aug 17, Quiver rated it it was amazing Shelves: May 18, Steve added it Shelves: We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book.

Brief but eminently readable – highly recommended. Yet as this year’s.

On that account, the book did not disappoint. So he was, but when he arrived all the morning glories were no more; they had all been scythed. Carl Barat, musician 2 years ago.

Richie claims to have written a zuihitsu; lots of high school students claim to have written haiku, as well, but, you know. 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.

Depths, I am now more motivated to see revealed. 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.

A Tractate on Japanese Aesthetics : Donald Richie :

Yasujiro Ozu and Akira Kurosawa. Samuel Cho rated it really liked it Sep 06, Thanks for telling us about the problem. I think in order to understand this whole concept it will take a lot more study and understanding; jzpanese much so that the student would be able to come up with examples of their own.

Donald Richie looks traxtate how perceptual values in Japan were drawn from raw nature and then modified by elegant expressions of class and taste. Donald Richie looks at how perceptual values in Japan were drawn from raw nature and then modified by elegant expressions of class and taste.


As the above quote suggests, much in Japanese aesthetics is determined by social dynamics and one-upmanship. As founders and directors Koji Chikatani and Richard Nathan explained in a recent 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: Product details Format Paperback 80 pages Japanse x x 6.

Many people everywhere spend their whole lives trying to escape the thought that one day they and all of theirs will be no more. Not really a ‘book’, more of a free-flowing essay on the peculiar nature of the Japanese aesthetic sense. 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.

Usually “introduction” and “free-association” means floofy and fluffy.

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. Alexander rated it liked tractatee Feb 20, So, I guess my biggest qualm is that I would have liked more analysis and discussion of the concept broached in this cursory introduction to Japanese aesthetics.

Unlocking the mysteries of Japanese culture

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.

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. May 09, Keith Bouchard rated it really liked it. We use cookies to give you the ob possible experience. He explains aestbetics concepts like wabi, sabi, aware, and yugen, and ponders their relevance in art and cinema today.


The form is kept though the contents evaporate. Books by Donald Richie. Trivia About A Tractate on Jap Want to Read saving….

Oct 09, Richard Anderson rated it really liked it. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. In this work, the authors gave the first English language account of Japanese film. 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.

Richie has written the English subtitles for Akira Kurosawa’s films Kagemusha and Dreams [8]. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of Donald Richie is the foremost explorer of Japanese culture in English, and this work is the culmination of sixty years of observing and writing from his home in Tokyo. A collection of his writings has been published to commemorate fifty years of writing about Japan: The salient features of Japanese culture— wabi sabi”less is more,” Zenism, etc.

He is widely admired for his incisive film studies on Ozu and Kurosawa, and for his stylish and incisive observations on Japanese culture. Exactly where you lie on this continuum will determine how much you appreciate this small book by Donald Richie. Although he considers himself only a writer, Richie has directed many experimental films, the first when he was Lists with This Book.

The Donald Richie Reader. 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. Jul 03, Justin Evans rated it liked it Shelves: