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Tanizaki wrote this short book to explain the importance of shadow and darkness in oriental culture The Japanese aesthetics of the bygone days — the book was originally published in The translation contains a foreword by architect and educator Charles Moore and an afterword by one of the translators, Thomas J.

A fascinating insight into another culture, that illuminates the mind into thinking about things from a completely different angle. A wholesale dismissal of progress, however, is no way to get there. The peculiarity of shadows through which the beauty of an object excels seems to be diminishing with the onset of modern times.

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Might it not be even better if we used some of the organic whole spelt flour in the cupboard to make real honest-to-goodness home-baked bread? Art these days, total crap. InRandom House published a reprint in paperback. I guess you could look at this as an anti-modernist book, that floats with a poetic language over a range of things in a beautiful and evocative way.

To be sure, only a highly-evolved culture is capable of a reciprocal relationship between production and appreciation. No cualquier escritor puede activar sus sentidos para con ellos escribir y atrapar a los lectores en un tema tan minucioso como la arquitectura japonesa y la piel humana.

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The sound of the rain playing gently with the dusky light of a candle. Gregory Starr’s new translation is pitch perfect and transparent. But, still this aspect goes through scrutiny of a civilized lens of judgments.

Also other interesting ka like how the Orients revere whiteness of people, but not for any infatuations with Caucasians and the problems of integrating Japanese design with modern technology in architecture. Views Read Edit View history.

This is o The quality that we call beauty must always grow from the realities of life, and our ancestors, forced to live in dark rooms, presently came to discover beauty in shadows, ultimately to guide shadows towards beauty’s ends If you don’t have time to read the whole of my review, go ahead and skip the next two paragraphs There is a practice essay prompt in the US College Board’s guide to the SAT book that goes something like “Do changes that make our lives easier always make them better?


The light from the garden steals in but dimly through paper-paneled doors, and it is precisely this indirect light that makes for us the charm of the room. It’s all go go go. Eloquently, Tanizaki elucidates the tantalizing aura of Japanese cuisine asserting the glorious food to be a form of meditation.

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It’s been a year or so since Oa read it–but I still recall his image of enamelwork which is garish and awful in broad daylight, but has incredible beauty and charm in low light–which is not a defect, as we would see in Western culture, but simply that it’s designed to be seen in that mysterious light of the traditional Japanese structure.

He contrasts what he views as a Western fascination with light and clarity, newness and brightness, openness and change, with a Japanese focus on subtlety, nuance, mystery, darkness, ancientness, and stillness.

So much space beholding the magnificence of a dim light on a particular spot, barely illuminating the serene twilight that those walls are made of.

However, like many Japanese novelists, Tanizaki was concerned with the slow Westernisation of Japanese culture, as Japan’s uniqueness, it’s customers, it’s ideal and aesthetics were slowly being overcome by a kind of vapid, vulgar Westernisation, its identity slowly being eroded under a suffocating homogenisation.

A beautiful little essay that I certainly enjoyed more than I thought I would. The subtle chase between you and the devious shadow; toughening with every stomp on the dried grey asphalt eogio queries of whether you have lost your marbles looming in the humid air. View all 4 comments. The page edition also includes a foreword by the Japanese architect Kengo Elovio and an afterword by Japanese literature Professor Eve Zimmerman of Wellesley College.

The entry of strange foreign world bringing in their aspect of cultural modernization further propelled the Japanese cultural to staunchly hold on to its ethnicity, culturally and philosophy. Check it out, surely makes for an excellent read on a quiet afternoon. And yet, when we gaze into the darkness that gathers behind the crossbeam, around the flower vase, beneath the shelves, though we know perfectly well it is mere shadow, we are overcome with the feeling that in this small corner of the atmosphere there reigns complete and utter silence; that here in the darkness immutable tranquility holds sway.


The quality that we call beauty Another humorous anecdote comes up in the afterword penned by Thomas J. For me, the Japanese aesthetic restores the balance.

If Tanizaki had written this book from a Westerner’s perspective, the essay would be regarded as retrograde and pessimistically nostalgic. Return to Book Page. Shiny, gleaming surfaces are important and appear clean and fresh. And then he adds the famous – to some, the infamous – words that inspired the “Decadent” movement of the late 19th century: Out beyond the sitting room, which the rays of the sun at best can but barely reach, we extend the eaves or build a veranda, putting the sunlight at still greater a remove.

A new translation by Gregory Starr was published in December View all 21 comments. The silhouette of the Noh mask resting on the curious neck of the stage actor performing the play brings an outwardly mystery to the person behind the mask.

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Grayling on a fine study of Japanese aesthetics”. People used to have time for things, people used to care, people used to have pride. It was translated into English by the academic students of Japanese literature, Thomas Harper and Edward Seidensticker. Said every generation ever.

He quite rightly points out that if East Asia had been left to its own devices instead of being forced into the “modern” age in the nineteenth century, it may have “advanced” much more slowly but would have invented technology, devices, fixtures much better suited to the aesthetics of its people than the objects it found itself obliged to receive from its “benefactors.