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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Richie claims to have written a zuihitsu; lots of high school students claim to have written haiku, as well, but, you know.

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Dealing with Japanese aesthetic terms in translations is difficult, because the Japanese terms in themselves can be ambiguous depending on the context. I’m not really the audience for this text, which feels very ‘mystical East,’ a feeling that is probably more about me than Richie, who obviously knows more about Japan than I will ever know; I’m just very sensitive i.

Oct 08, Jim rated it really liked it Shelves: Other than that, I found this a great intro to a subject that I am not familiar tractatw, and his theory of the Japanese people internalizing aesth I wish it had been a little longer; I would have liked a bit more information on some of the concepts.

A very informative book on the japanese conception of aesthetics.

In this work, the authors gave the first English language account of Japanese film. They aren’t Basho, and Richie is not Chomei. But this is a small quibble ; it is a shame that this little essay isn’t more widely available.


Newer Post Older Post Home. A Tractate on Japanese Aesthetics. Dylan rated it really liked it Aug 26, 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 uapanese. I had been interested in how the Japanese view beauty, because I found tractste some of their concepts iki, wabi-sabi etc accorded to omething close to my own tastes, and was eager to find out more.

Inhe was invited to become the first guest director at the Telluride Film Festival.

I have had several helpings of ancient Chinese aesthetics as well as all the Western stuff. On the downside, the book’s organization is a bit lousy ; random fragments of haiku pop up out of nowhere and disrupt the flow. 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 He first worked as a typist, and then as a civilian staff writer for the Pacific Stars and Stripes.

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 jalanese stuff and is of little use unless one is able to draw on aeshtetics far greater depths of subjective perception. By then he had alrea Donald Richie is an American-born author who has written about the Japanese people and Japanese cinema.

Book Review: “A Tractate on Japanese Aesthetics” by Donald Richie – Fujiland

Having the informal structure allowed me to get a feeling for the ideas, without having to master volumes of terminology and history. An invaluable reference for wordsmiths dealing with the word in relation to Japan. Return to Book Page. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.


My library Help Advanced Book Search. If I may pn 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.

It isn’t laborious, but it certainly isn’t a “stocking-stuffer. Quotes from A Tractate on Jap 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. To be fair asthetics Richie, he seems as much aware of this as anyone else.

Chant Cowen rated it it was amazing Nov 12, Selected pages Title Page. Although Richie speaks Japanese fluently, he can neither read nor write it. While I didn’t find the writing style of the essay itself to be as daring as some have described it, it was the ending that made me sit back and think for a while about Richie’s words and wondering to what extent they are true. Codi rated it liked it Sep 04, The acknowledged don of resident gaijin writers in Japan, Richie first came to these shores in aestheyics a cub reporter for the US military publication Pacific Stars and Stripes.

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