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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Inhe was invited to become the first guest director at the Telluride Film Festival. Selected pages Title Page. 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 Liddell Metropolis 28th December, aestheticd 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.

Oct 09, Richard Anderson rated it really liked it.

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On the downside, the book’s organization is a bit lousy ; random fragments of haiku pop up out of nowhere and disrupt the flow. Rikyu’s garden of morning glories was known for its beauty. Donald Richie has always wrote elegantly about Japanese culture and in A Tractate On Japanese Aestheticshe looks at Japanese concepts of beauty. It seems that in our loud and gaudy times, some basic elements of the Japanese taste would be welcome.

When a plainish kimono is worn in a group wearing brighter garments, a close friend might remark with a aestyetics One must be careful aesthettics this in nonfiction nowadays.

As for me, I enjoyed it for all the wrong reasons.

Only a few pots look at the fact, and only the Japanese, I believe, celebrate it. Dispatched from the UK in 2 business days When will my order arrive? Richie then returned to Japan as film critic for kn The Japan Times and spent much of the second half of the twentieth century living there.


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But this is me being very picky. Many people everywhere spend their whole lives trying to escape the thought that one day they and all of theirs will be no more.

Chant Cowen rated it it was amazing Nov 12, Neither of those terms describe this text. I had been interested in how the Japanese view beauty, because I found that some of their concepts iki, wabi-sabi etc accorded to omething close to my own tastes, and was eager to find out more.

Codi rated it liked it Sep 04, Sorry, but your browser needs Javascript to use this site. He explains aesthetic concepts like “wabi, sabi, aware, ” and “yugen, ” and ponders their relevance in art and cinema today. From his first published book, Richie has revised not only the library of films he discusses, but the way he analyzes them.

Refresh and try again. Jul 03, Justin Evans rated it liked it Shelves: Donald Richie looks at how perceptual values in Japan were drawn from raw nature and then modified by elegant expressions of class and taste. Mar 08, Powersamurai rated it it was amazing Shelves: In fact, the paragraph on page 63 where the author attempts to use Brad Pitt and Sean Penn as examples is oddly cutely amusing.

Valentina rated it really liked it Aug 01, Author Tom Wolfe describes Richie as: Japanesa cinema never existed, it seems. The layout of the book is somewhat akin to free-association The Glossary at the end defines succinctly the terms mentioned in the book.


He was soon writing movie reviews in the Stars and Stripes. Carl Barat, musician 2 years ago. Kendall rated it it was ok Oct 30, Most of us living in Japan exist between these two poles of stolid cynicism and excitable, awestruck reverence for Japanese culture. This little work 70 small pages is pocket-size, which is fine – it only claims to be a tractate.

A Tractate on Japanese Aesthetics

A very informative book on the japanese conception of aesthetics. Jul 20, Lauren rated it really liked it. Please, sir, may I have more? Richie in this brief book does an excellent job in explaining where each term fits in the spectrum in relation to others and the world it describes. In this work, the authors gave the first English japanfse account of Japanese film. As aeshhetics result, I found the analysis of concepts like wabi sabi, mono aware, sibui, and the others interesting.

About Donald Richie Donald Richie has been writing about Japan for over 50 qesthetics from his base in Tokyo and is the author of over 40 books and hundreds of essays and reviews. I do think he is genuinely trying to teach as opposed to impress.

Looking back on the dogged nature of canine fiction With the success of ‘s “The Traveling Cat Chronicles” joining a clutter of famous feline-linked Japanese tales, cats definitely japandse literary affection in Japan. This is a useful book explaining what makes Japanese art, literature, and philosophy unique. Richie has written the English subtitles for Akira Kurosawa’s films Kagemusha and Dreams [8].