Item description for A Tractate on Japanese Aesthetics by Donald Richie...
This little book is a tractate - a treatise - on beauty in Japanese art, written in the manner of a zuihistsu, a free-ranging assortment of ideas that "follow the brush" wherever it leads. Donald Richie looks at how perceptual values in Japan were drawn from raw nature and then modified by elegant expressions of class and taste. He explains aesthetic concepts like wabi, sabi, aware, and yugen, and explores their relevance in art, culture, and society today.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.25" Width: 5" Height: 7" Weight: 0.2 lbs.
Release Date Jul 1, 2007
Publisher Stone Bridge Press
ISBN 1933330236 ISBN13 9781933330235
Availability 0 units.
More 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. He is widely admired for his incisive film studies on Ozu and Kurosawa, and for his stylish and incisive observations on Japanese culture.
Donald Richie currently resides in Lima. Donald Richie was born in 1924 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Museum of Modern Art, New York.
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Another Richie Masterpiece Jan 8, 2008
This is a book that you can read very quickly. I read the whole book in half an hour. Contained in its 70-pages is volumes of content. It should be read slowly and carefully as you would drink a hot cup of green tea. Richie does an excellent job of illustrating the many different aspects of Japanese aesthetics with numerous Western comparisons. It should be essential reading for anyone wanting real knowledge of Japanese art and how to understand it.
moonlight behind a hill of flowers Jan 6, 2008
Just ordered this book tonight based on a review in the 'Japan Today' website. Seemed like an important book for understanding Japanese culture. In the same way that Eskimo smiles often indicate a desire for cultural harmony, and Chinese laughs are meant to convey different nuances in a non-verbal fashion, Japanese aesthetics(according to the author) are a means of conveying one-upsmanship, of saying 'I have superior refinement of taste to you.' America has had similar notions- the turn-of-the-century craze for 'nervous diseases' which could only be suffered by 'brain workers' of superior education and profession, but of late we have dropped all pretense and attempted to simply buy superior social position with a variety of goods and gadgets. For example, at a recent open-source conference in Atlanta (itself a techie declaration of superior taste), I witnessed numerous instances of techies making little walls of iphones, mp3 players, digital cameras,etc as a declaration of status. This is very similar to Butcher's photos of people in sod houses in Oklahoma who piled all their valuable possessions in front of their crude houses and posed with them. The universal human need to say, "I am here, and I have marked my presence" is not so different than the way that cats,bears and wolves do it. I wanted to see how the itch is scratched with beauty a la Japan. I am a musician and such intangeables matter. They are the soul of music. You can hear my work on CD Baby ("Silent Radio").