A Tractate on Japanese Aesthetics Paperback – 30 Jun 2007
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About the Author
Donald Richie has been writing about Japan for over 50 years from his base in Tokyo and is the author of over 40 books and hundreds of essays and reviews. He is widely admired for his incisive film studies on Ozu and Kurosawa, and for his stylish and incisive observations on Japanese culture.
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This 'small' book in my opinion gives the finest poetic explanation of the term wabi-sabi you can find,other writers tend to get mired in newage piffle or minimalist nonsense.Very nice explanation of MONO NO AWARE-that certain sadness of things.I could not recomend it more highly.
It proved very useful. It's short and, despite the forbidding title, not at all hard to read. It has also been set out in an unusual but effective fashion, so that you can read different aspects of the arguments separately if you choose.
I would certainly recommend it to anyone wanting to know more about Japanese aesthetics, wabi-sabi etc.
The author's style may be a little unsettling to begin with, as he attempts to construct it by the automatic writing style of 'the brush'. The narrative is thus a bit disjointed.
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