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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Aug 17, Quiver rated it it was amazing Shelves: He is widely admired for his incisive film studies on Ozu and Kurosawa, and for his stylish and incisive observations on Japanese culture.

The Donald Richie Reader. Richie covers a lot of details, though this is an eighty-page treatise, not a textbook or systematic study, so to some it may appear like the structure is haphazard. It was an interesting but not inspiring read. 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 Eastern aesthetics is not compatible with the ordered, logical, and analytical “conventions of a Western discourse.

Likewise, familiarity with the names only enhances the experience. It provides essential and profound reading for anyone having even a passing interest in Japanese culture, and is small, portable, and affordable enough for ever-present reference. To heighten this, for him necessary, nonlinearity, he juxtapos 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.

On my first reading, I was most intrigued by the concept of shin-gyu-so. Inhe published his first book, The Japanese Film: A Tractate on Japanese Aesthetics. Once in a while, I find myself in either readership, but usually I seek a middle ground, and even then I require a particularly fortuitous opening into a subject that caters to my strengths and knowledge.


In this work, the authors gave the first English language account of Japanese film. I will most likely re-read this text.

A Tractate on Japanese Aesthetics

This little work 70 small pages is pocket-size, which is fine – it only claims to be a tractate. A Tractate on Japanese Aesthetics. Neither of those terms describe this text. They aren’t Basho, and Richie is not Chomei. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of Quotes from A Tractate on Jap Richie tratate to have written a zuihitsu; lots of high school students claim to have written haiku, as well, but, you know.

So this book could really have used a few pictures to show some of the concepts. Read Richie claims to have written a zuihitsu; lots of high school students claim to have written haiku, as well, but, you know.

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

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. In the foreword to this book, Paul Schrader says: Usually “introduction” and “free-association” means floofy and fluffy.

As for me, I enjoyed it for all the wrong reasons.

TrsctateRichie first visited Japan with the American occupation force, a job he saw as an opportunity to escape from Lima, Ohio. While in Tokyo, he became fascinated with Japanese culture, particularly Japanese cinema. A quick but thoughtful look at Japanese aesthetics, conveniently compiled for people like myself who have no prior experience with the subject.


The layout of the book is somewhat akin to free-association Delve into tractste teenager’s consciousness with Osamu Dazai’s ‘Schoolgirl’ Published in”Schoolgirl” established Osamu Dazai’s career as a writer. I wish he had submitted the more secondary terms, whose existence he merely indicated, to the fuller treatment accorded to the primary terms.

Unlocking the mysteries of Japanese culture

So he was, but when eh arrived all the morning glories were no m “Taste is an indication of an aesthetically legitimate dominance. I further wish he had followed up the deliciously suggestive analogies between Japanese and Western aesthetics he so briefly drew.

The Glossary at the end defines succinctly the terms mentioned in the book. The arts that such a concept of aesthetics supported are now largely fossilized, and those that remain are now commonly vulgarized. Donald Richie is an American-born author who has written about the Japanese people and Aesthtics cinema. Books by Donald Richie.

aestheticd Ex-Army – Libertarian Nationalist. One famous anecdote illustrates his method. You could do better aa wikipedia. 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.

Having the informal structure allowed me to get a feeling for the ideas, without having to master volumes of terminology and history. Product details Format Paperback 80 pages Dimensions x x 6.