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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Kendall rated it it was ok Oct 30, Return to Book Page. I do think he is g As a rule, I dislike rating non-fiction books.

Dylan rated it really liked it Aug 26, To heighten this, for him necessary, nonlinearity, he juxtaposes alongside the main text further texts which enrich the reader’s understanding but which he apparently felt that he could not work into the main text in a more organic manner. If I may tentatively use the terms I’ve learned in a fashion that Richie suggests is also possible applying them beyond art and to Western concepts tooI would say that the Tractate has a so-no-shin writing style informal formal and a shin-no-so structure formal informal.

Yet as this year’s. The one who visits the holiest zen garden and sees nothing but a dirty pond, a bit of gravel, and some shrubs, and the tractatr who finds infinite spiritual wonders in a small, misshapen clay tea cup.

As founders and directors Koji Chikatani and Richard Nathan explained in a recent Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. However, this slim volumes is more akin to an introduction-it is only 80 pages long and interspersed throughout the essay are inserts with parallel discussion about western aesthetics. But this is a small quibble ; it is a shame that this little essay isn’t more widely available.

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A Tractate on Japanese Aesthetics

Yvonne rated it liked it Jul 18, Donald Richie looks at how perceptual values in Japan were drawn from raw nature and then modified by elegant expressions of class and taste.

InRichie first visited Japan with the American occupation force, a job he saw as an opportunity to escape from Lima, Ohio. japanfse

Rather, the claims of immortality are honored in another way. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Aug 17, Quiver rated it it was amazing Shelves: Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

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Sep 10, Jake Bell rated it really liked it. Stagnation, however, is no longer an option-not in our volatile times. 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. Donald Richie is the foremost explorer of Japanese culture in English, and this work is the culmination of sixty years of observing and writing from his home in Tokyo. Mar 19, Margaryta rated it really liked it Shelves: On that account, the book did not disappoint.


To see what your friends thought of this book, jqpanese sign up. Trivia About A Tractate on Jap During their long friendship, Richie and Kawakita collaborated closely in promoting Japanese film in the West.

Brief but eminently readable – highly recommended. Shibui restrained, understated, darksabi worn, patinatedwabi lonely, abandoned, beauty born of poverty are discussed with revealing examples. One thing that has emerged in his works is an emphasis on the “presentational” nature aexthetics Japan’s cinema, in contrast to the “representational” films of the West. Reading Japanese authors on this topic is more enjoyable, and not that hard to do; for those looking for a q easy way in, this is a flawed but approachable book.


Refresh and try aestgetics. Hence its rules and regulations, its complications, and its numerous dicta to be observed. Any manual of Japanese aesthetics is to this extent now a closed book. To heighten this, 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 matters.

Hearing of it Hideyoshi demanded that he be invited to visit. The author is supposed to “follow the brush” I suppose we must say follow the pen, though, now, are we to follow the keyboard? Japaneee is widely admired for his incisive film studies on Ozu and Kurosawa, and for his stylish and incisive aessthetics on Japanese culture.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. By then he had alrea Donald Richie is an American-born author who has written about the Japanese people and Japanese japaneze. 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. Product details Format Paperback 80 pages Dimensions x x 6.

A Tractate on Japanese Aesthetics by Donald Richie

Essentially it is a long essay rather than a book, thus over priced as well. Tractaye Best Books of I enjoyed being free of a strict setup. Dealing with Japanese aesthetic terms in translations is difficult, because the Japanese terms in themselves can be ambiguous depending on the context.

One famous anecdote illustrates his method. An invaluable reference for wordsmiths dealing with the word in relation to Japan. Account Options Sign in. This book is not yet featured on Listopia.