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The Ideals of the East: With Special Reference to the Art of Japan (Stone Bridge Classics) [Paperback]

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The 1904 book that famously declared "Asia is one" was among the first studies in English to reference Zen as it explored the roots of Japanese beauty. Like the author's The Book of Tea, this volume emphasized the spiritual ideals of Asian, and especially Japanese, art.

Kakuzo Okakura (18631913) was an administrator and scholar whose writings helped shape the West's early views of Japan and Asia.

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Pages   152
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 5.25" Height: 7.25"
Weight:   0.3 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2007
Publisher   Stone Bridge Press
ISBN  1933330252  
ISBN13  9781933330259  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Kakuzo Okakura was born in 1862 in Yokohama, Japan. In 1890, Okakura was one of the principal founders of the first Japanese fine-arts academy, Tokyo Bijutsu Gakko (Tokyo School of Fine Arts) and a year later became the head, though he was later ousted from the school in an administrative struggle. Later, he also founded the (Japan Art Institute) with Hashimoto Gaho and Yokoyama Taikan. He was invited by William Sturgis Bigelow to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 1904 and became the first head of the Asian art division in 1910. He died in 1913.

Kakuzo Okakura was born in 1863 and died in 1919.

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1Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Art > Art History > Regional > Asian
2Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Art > General
3Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Philosophy > General

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I need some Alka-Seltzer  Jul 31, 2005
The prefatory note states: " Mr. Murray wishes to point out that this book is written in English by a native of Japan."
It definitely shows. This book is indigestible. Here is an example: "Imitation, whether of nature, of the old masters, or above all of self, is suicidal to the realisation of individuality, which rejoices always to play an original part, be it of tragedy or comedy, in the grand drama of life, of man, and of nature."
Another example: "But, alas! In a world so worldly, no such dreamland could long persist!"
If you can get past the style, you find this book is just an accumulation of historical facts about India, China and Japan.
The last sentence: "Victory from within, or a mighty death without" tells you all you want to know about this book: Don't buy it.

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