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The preference for a pensive luster to a shallow brilliance. E comparar as retretes orientais com as ocidentais. Just a moment while we sign you sobra to your Goodreads account. Grayling on a fine study of Japanese aesthetics”. Having frequented Japan quite a few times, even isolated regions, I could not help but find I could never escape light.

The peculiarity of shadows through which the beauty of an object excels seems to be diminishing with the onset of modern times. From the designs of temples and how the architecture of the building s corroborates with the shadows that add that touching effect to the beauty of it to everyday lighting of streets or artificial lighting of traditional Japanese theaters. The aesthetic can b A backward, reactionary, nationalistic prose piece disguised as an essay on aesthetics, which engages in strange speculation and musing that is not at all well supported.

Eombra is good, but too much of it is blinding. This page was last edited on 19 Aprilat A startling little book that taught me a lot about Japanese aesthetics. Tanizaki’s observations include cultural notes on topics such as arts and crafts, paper making, lacquerware design and the Japanese room.

He thinks that if these same conveniences had been developed by the Japanese, they would be more in harmony with Japanese taste. A wholesale dismissal of progress, however, is no way to get there. Tanizaki appreciates the world and its ordinary pleasures, and offers a sharp contrast to the functional, plastic, disposable aesthetic of modern western culture.

Bonus star for brevity. View all 8 comments. We never tire of the sight, for to us this pale glow and these dim sombta far surpass any ornament. 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 somgra them better?


Shiny, gleaming surfaces are important and appear clean and fresh.

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. 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?

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. Eloquently, Tanizaki elucidates the tantalizing aura of Japanese cuisine asserting the glorious food to be a form of meditation.

Tanizaki has his comical moments when he equates the affinity of the Japanese philosophies towards darkness to the inheritances of dark black hair of the populace. For the beauty of the alcove is not the work of some clever device.

Would I like it as much if it were the only thing I knew? Tanizaki explores in close description the use of space in buildings, lacquerware by candlelight, [1] monastery toilets [3] and women in the dark of a brothel. He tells of a moon-viewing ruined by all the electric lights. Tanizaki, a product of his time, does dip into appalling racism. There are so many of them, not to mention all the LED lights from appliances that once were luxuries and now are necessities.

Check it out, surely makes for an excellent read on a quiet afternoon.

Junichiro Tanizaki, El elogio de la sombra

Readers of Tanizaki are variously startled or entertained to find that his essay on the delights of what is muted, enclosed and refined by shadows, begins with a paean to the lavatories found in Japanese monasteries. This is Tanizaki’s elegy for the aesthetic superiority of vanishing inconvenience and grime. Gregory Starr’s new translation is pitch perfect and transparent. The hue may differ from room to room, but the degree of difference will be ever so slight; not so much a difference in color as in shade, a difference that will seem to exist only in the mood of the viewer.


Pretty much Tanizaki outlays the differences in culture between the East and West on darkness, with a focus on shadows. View all 44 comments.

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Apr 03, George K. This musing of the conservative, aging novelist is not mere nostalgia, letting the old machine linger and sighing uselessly for bygone days, but the wellspring of hope behind decolonisation: In addition, he distinguishes between the values of gleam and shine. 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. Tanizaki dilemma of surviving the bane of modernization while hanging onto the boons of the old Japanese edifying era is articulated through his annoyance of the necessitated usage of heavy electric lightings.

A new translation by Gregory Starr was published in December Things were so much better before refrigeration and antibiotics.

Activity is good, but too much of it is exhausting. He was well versed with the Japanese classics. No trivia or quizzes yet. He despairs that the Japanese aesthetic is dying because the old way of life is passing away. Technically I started Naomi in December ofbut the majority of mulling it over happened firmly in ’17, so the fact that I was able to bounce back so quickly 3.