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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Selected traftate Title Page. After carefully digesting this tractate, one is likely to arrive at the disquieting realization that much of what one reads about Japanese culture in English is purely left-brain stuff and is of little use unless japansse is able to draw on the far greater depths of subjective perception.

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Haikuist rated it it was amazing Sep 26, One thing that has emerged in his works is an emphasis on the “presentational” nature of Japan’s cinema, in contrast to the “representational” films of the West. Aa, I am now more motivated to see revealed. As for me, I enjoyed it for all the wrong reasons.

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. Donald Richie has always wrote elegantly about Japanese culture and in A Tractate On Japanese Aestheticshe looks at Japanese concepts of beauty. Open Preview See a Problem?



Thanks for telling us about the problem. Aeethetics library Help Advanced Book Search. But this is a small aexthetics ; it is a shame that this little essay isn’t more widely available. It seems that in our loud and gaudy times, some basic elements of the Japanese taste would be welcome. A quick but thoughtful look at Japanese aesthetics, conveniently compiled for people like myself who have no prior experience with the subject.

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Rather, the claims of immortality are honored in another way. Overall, this would interest anyone who needs to learn a bit about Japanese aesthetics obviously. I do think he is genuinely trying to teach as opposed to impress.

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Author Tom Wolfe describes Richie as: Once in a while, I find myself in either readership, but usually I seek a middle ground, and even then I require a particularly fortuitous opening into a subject that caters to my strengths and knowledge.

A Tractate on Japanese Aesthetics

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Richie covers a lot of details, though this is an eighty-page treatise, not a textbook or systematic study, so to some it may appear like the structure is haphazard. When a plainish kimono is worn in a group wearing brighter garments, a close friend might remark with a smile: Trivia About A Tractate on Jap It screened at the Sundance Film Festival in Dylan rated it really liked it Aug 26, 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.


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. Donald Richie is an American-born author who has written about the Japanese people and Japanese cinema. By then he had alrea Donald Richie is an American-born author who has written about the Japanese people and Japanese cinema. Some of the more obscure aesthetic concepts already embedded in Japanese consciousness can be sensed in early poetry, but were only codified during the Muromachi Period with the pervading influence of Zen and the artistic values of the tea ceremony.

Jun 13, Bernardo Kaiser rated it it was ok. He is widely admired for his incisive film studies on Ozu and Aeathetics, and for his stylish and incisive observations on Japanese culture. Valentina rated it really liked it Aug 01, The author does not come across as one who wants to sound pretentious or supercilious.

During their long friendship, Richie and Kawakita collaborated closely in promoting Japanese film in the West.