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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The arts that such a concept of aesthetics supported are now largely fossilized, and those that remain are now commonly vulgarized. Description This provocative book is a tractate-a treatise-on trcatate in Japanese art, written in the manner of a zuihitsu, a free-ranging assortment of ideas that “follow the brush” wherever it leads. Although Richie speaks Japanese fluently, he can neither read nor write it.

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Please, sir, may I have more? Brief but eminently readable – highly recommended. Open Preview See a Problem? Japanese 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. Oct 08, Nawfal rated it really liked it Shelves: If you’re not sure how to activate it, please refer to this site: Richie has written the English subtitles for Akira Kurosawa’s films Kagemusha and Dreams [8].

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As for me, I enjoyed it for all the wrong reasons. Given Richie’s age — 83 — one is tempted to think that he’s employing these tricks to set up easier and more tolerant ground rules for what follows or, to put it more bluntly, giving himself an old man’s license to ramble on.


A Tractate on Japanese Aesthetics by Donald Richie

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. Ex-Army – Libertarian Nationalist. I wish Richie had further developed his sketch of how certain central japaness terms had evolved through time and had provided more of his aptly chosen examples to illustrate this evolution.

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. One famous anecdote illustrates his method. Interesting comparisons between western aesthetics and the tracyate discipline of Japan or lack thereof Not crazy in depth but a nice primer on concepts that will get one thinking about the difference in standards of taste and beauty between the east and aesthetice west.

Neither of those terms describe this text. As founders and directors Koji Chikatani and Richard Nathan explained in a recent He has compiled two collections of essays on Japan: Want to Read saving….

I think in order to understand this whole concept it will take a lot more study and understanding; so much so that the student would be able to come up with examples of their own. 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. But this is me being very picky. They aren’t Basho, and Richie is not Chomei. Donald Richie looks at how perceptual values in Japan were drawn from raw nature and then modified by elegant expressions of class and taste.


Though the words in the Glossary and my application of them in the previous sentence may give the appearance of simplicity, any simplicity—to use the word deliberately for its core relation to wabi and sabi —is deceptive. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews.

I wish he had submitted the more secondary terms, whose existence he merely indicated, to the fuller treatment accorded to the primary terms. Not really a ‘book’, more of a free-flowing essay on the peculiar nature of the Japanese aesthetic sense. May 09, Keith Bouchard rated it really liked it.

Mar 19, Margaryta rated it really liked it Shelves: Inhe was invited to become the first guest director at the Telluride Film Festival. Hearing of it Hideyoshi demanded that he be invited to visit. A very informative book on the japanese conception of aesthetics.

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. Deft, spare elucidation for Western audience. 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 aesthetics made a lot of sense to me.

I have had several helpings of ancient Chinese aesthetics as well as all the Western stuff. He explains aesthetic concepts like wabi, sabi, aware, and yugen, and ponders their relevance in art and cinema today.

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