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Tractate on Japanese Aesthetics

written by Donald Richie

Stone Bridge Press | ISBN 9781933330235

Paperback – 80 pages


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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 brush" wherever it leads. Donald Richie looks at how perceptual values in Japan were drawn from raw nature and then modified by elegant expressions of class and taste. He explains aesthetic concepts like "wabi, sabi, aware, " and "yugen, " and ponders their relevance in art and cinema today. 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.

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