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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If you’re not sure how to activate it, please refer to this site: It provides essential tractatte profound reading for anyone having even a passing interest in Japanese culture, and is small, portable, and affordable enough for ever-present reference.

Deft, spare elucidation for Western audience. I will most likely re-read this text. Art and Industry, coauthored with Joseph Anderson. I further wish he had followed up the deliciously suggestive analogies between Japanese and Western aesthetics he so briefly drew. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. Want to Read saving…. This provocative book is a aesghetics a treatise on beauty in Japanese art, written in the manner of a “zuihitsu, ” a free-ranging assortment of ideas that follow the brush wherever it leads.

A Tractate on Japanese Aesthetics

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. 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 Trzctate aesthetics is not compatible with the ordered, logical, and analytical “conventions of a Western discourse.

A collection of his writings has been published to commemorate fifty years of writing about Japan: From his first published book, Richie has revised not only the library of films he discusses, but the way he analyzes them.

Essentially it is a long essay rather than a book, t Donald Richie has always wrote elegantly about Japanese culture and in A Tractate On Japanese Aestheticshe looks at Japanese concepts of beauty. I do think he is g As a rule, I dislike rating non-fiction books. With yractate subsequent book, he has focused less on film theory and more on the conditions in which the films were made. As a rule, I dislike rating non-fiction books.


This commemoration takes many forms but the most common might be looking into a mirror, seeing one more gray hair, discerning one more wrinkle, and then saying to oneself: One must be careful of this in nonfiction nowadays. It was an interesting but not inspiring read. Interesting comparisons between western aesthetics and the aesthetic discipline of Japan or lack thereof Not crazy in depth but a nice primer on concepts that will get one thinking about the difference in standards of taste oh beauty between the east and the west.

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. Ben rated it really liked it Jpanese 05, aesthetis 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. Dylan rated it really liked it Aug 26, He is widely admired for his incisive film studies on Ozu and Kurosawa, and for tractaate stylish and incisive observations on Japanese culture.

Essentially it is a long essay rather than a book, thus over priced as well. 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. Having the informal structure allowed me to get a feeling for the ideas, aestgetics having to master volumes of terminology and history.

Here the paradigm would be the Shinto shrine of Ise, made of common, razed every twenty years an at the same time identically rebuilt on a neighboring plot. Overall, this would traactate anyone who needs to learn a bit about Japanese aesthetics obviously.

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You may be unfamiliar with Addison, Hume, and Kant, yet the gist of what Richie is saying remains intact. This little work 70 small pages is pocket-size, which is fine – it only claims to be a tractate. He presumes that his readers are aesthetjcs not only to think for themselves, but also intuit the subtleties of Japanese aesthetic sensitivities clarified in his concise prose.


Alexander rated it liked it Feb 20, Richie has written the English subtitles for Akira Kurosawa’s films Kagemusha and Dreams [8]. Hence its rules and regulations, its complications, and its numerous dicta to be observed. Book ratings by Goodreads.

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Donald Richie has always wrote elegantly about Japanese culture and in A Tractate Aesthettics Japanese Aestheticshe looks at Japanese concepts of beauty.

Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of Any manual of Japanese aesthetics is to this extent now a closed book. The salient features of Japanese culture— wabi sabi”less is more,” Zenism, etc.

Indeed there is, and Richie helps us more than anyone else has before in the English language, by explaining many of the essential aesthetic concepts needed for understanding and appreciation.

Perturbed, Hideyoshi retired to the nearby tea house, and there the modest flower arrangement in the alcove was a single morning glory, the only survivor, superb in its focused simplicity. Inhe published his first book, The Japanese Film: Oct 08, Nawfal rated it really liked it Shelves: Samuel Cho rated it really liked it Sep 06, Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. In the foreword to this book, Paul Schrader says: I have had several helpings of ancient Chinese aesthetics as well as all the Western stuff.

A Tractate on Japanese Aesthetics is a short work with large implications: I had no problem with this approach and regretted only that the book is so short. To be fair to Richie, he seems as much aware of this tracatte anyone else.


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The incessant abstraction and definition of trwctate by words that are themselves undefined gives great stretches of the book a vague, misty character or, worse still, the feeling of reading a dictionary without the alphabetical organization.