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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Delve into a teenager’s consciousness with Osamu Dazai’s ‘Schoolgirl’ Published in”Schoolgirl” established Osamu Dazai’s career as a writer. 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.

He explains aesthetic concepts like wabi, sabi, aware, and yugen, and ponders their relevance in art and cinema today. Only hractate few poets look at the fact, and only the japanese, I believe, celebrate it. Indeed there is, and Richie helps us more than anyone else has aesthetids in the English language, by explaining many of the essential aesthetic concepts needed for understanding and appreciation. I had no problem with this approach and regretted only that the book is so short.

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.

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Chant Cowen rated it it was amazing Nov 12, Such an essay is not tracctate organized, not linear, not deductive. The one who visits the holiest zen garden and sees nothing but a dirty pond, a bit of gravel, and some shrubs, and the other who finds infinite spiritual wonders in a small, misshapen clay tea cup. Donald Richie looks at how perceptual values in Japan were drawn from raw nature and then modified by elegant expressions of class and taste.


Oct 08, Jim rated it really liked it Shelves: Donald Richie has lived in Japan since the end of World War II and is responsible japanewe a series of illuminating works, including an early survey on Japanese film.

But this was an easy-going introduction. May 02, Arjun Ravichandran rated it liked it. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. What is notable at the start is the way Richie attempts to set his book apart by a calling it a “tractate,” and b asserting that an exploration of Eastern aesthetics is not compatible with the ordered, logical, and analytical “conventions of a Western discourse.

To heighten aeshetics, for him necessary, nonlinearity, he juxtapos 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 trsctate. Jul 03, Justin Evans rated it tactate it Shelves: Depths, I am now more motivated to see revealed. Alexander rated it liked it Feb 20, Book ratings by Goodreads.

A Tractate on Japanese Aesthetics

So he was, but when he arrived all the morning glories were no more; they had all been scythed. Japanesa cinema never existed, it seems. 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. The author an expat living and observing Japanese life for more than 50 years has a good grasp of the subtlety of the Japanese mind, and brings it out Not really a ‘book’, more of a free-flowing essay on the peculiar nature of the Japanese aesthetic sense.

As the above quote suggests, much in Japanese aesthetics is determined by social dynamics and one-upmanship. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. The warlord is supposed to have stared, then nodded, and said that he understood the lesson. This is a useful book explaining what makes Japanese art, literature, and philosophy unique. 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.


Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. He goes over the main concepts that the Japanese use to appreciate beauty for instance, the Buddhist notion of impermanence is a very strong, almost fundamental, aspect underpinning their thinkingand shows where they differ fundamentally from Western notions.

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.

For Japanese, one of the most compelling aspects of beauty is the bitter-sweet awareness that it is only transient and always dies. Return to Book Page. Refresh and try again.

The arts that such a concept of aesthetics supported are now largely fossilized, and those that remain are now commonly vulgarized. The layout of the book is somewhat akin to free-association The acknowledged don of resident gaijin writers in Japan, Richie first came to these shores in as a cub reporter for the US military publication Pacific Stars and Stripes.

They aren’t Basho, and Richie is not Chomei.