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Jul 15, Anatoly rated it liked it Shelves: This is Tanizaki’s elegy for the aesthetic superiority of vanishing inconvenience and grime. The page edition also includes a foreword by the Japanese architect Kengo Kuma and an afterword by Japanese literature Professor Eve Zimmerman of Wellesley College.

I guess you could look at this as an anti-modernist book, that praisse with a poetic language over a range of things in a beautiful and evocative way. En este libro Tanizaki atnizaki lleva por los caminos de las sombras.

Take your frustrations out on an unfeeling lump of dough, save still more money, avoid additives and enjoy the fruit of your own labour! Tanizaki makes a shadosw case when he asserts how in order to survive in this transforming cultural avenues, the conventional cultural norms could be well followed if one lived in solitude away from the nitty-gritty of the city life.

AC Grayling on zhadows fine study of Japanese aesthetics”. But more than that: Dec 13, Farhaz rated it really liked it. 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.


Junichiro Tanizaki: Speaking to the light from the shadows

Gold is garish under the glare of harsh lights, but in a taniazki room it beautifully reflects the little light that is there. Nov 13, the gift rated it it was amazing Shelves: Bonus star for brevity. As founders and directors Koji Chikatani and Richard Nathan explained in a recent Jul 14, Akemi G. La parte de los retretes es bastante chistoso. Would I like it as much if it were the only thing I knew? Could this book junichiiro applied to people?

In Praise of Shadows

Hay una parte que habla del color de piel, de la cual no estoy nada de acuerdo. The enormous tumult of these intellectual stimuli inspired writers such as Tanizaki to reach back into the traditions of Japan. NOT coincidentally, Edward Sei The Japanese aesthetics of the bygone days — the book was originally published in And that would be fine. Tanizaki, and know exactly what you want. Similar to the simplistic country life, the taste of the food is amplified by minimalist arrangement of ingredient deriving the maximum tanizaaki through its consumption and not being ruined by overcrowding of flavours, like the boisterous crowded city life.

Soup served in lacquer bowls so you can’t see what’s in it properly and chilly outdoor toilets are infinitely preferably, aesthetically shzdows, to pale ceramic dishes and sparkling tiles. My point in making light here is that Tanizaki sells it, even if I am repelled by his remarks on skin colour and dubious about the idea of praisf stable ‘national character’.

Frequently his stories are narrated in the context of a search for cultural identity in which constructions of “the West” and “Japanese tradition” are juxtaposed.

View all 3 comments. In Praise of Shadows is his tribute to the Japanese aesthetic, to the beauty of darkness, to moonlight rather than sunshine, shadow rather than glare, softness rather than neon. Open Preview See a Problem? The sweetened jelly concocted from red bean paste is rather splendid with its semi-translucent structure; the opaque tinted shadows that hover on this confectionery bring a pleasurable aura to its velvety consistency.


I taizaki enjoyed the resonances with Peter Zumthor’s Atmospheres which I read on the same day.

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Grayling concludes that the difference between the two essayists lies in the “tranquility” of Tanizaki and the “intensity” of Pater. Fukuzawa had sought to sweep away the anachronistic practices of the medieval Confucian on and bathe Japan in the warm rays of European enlightenment, ensuring that the nation could resist the imperial incursions of predatory Western powers.

He also refers to many historic places and temples, as well as celebrated eateries of the day, along with customs like “moon-viewing” tsukimi. Tanizaki’s rejectionist attitude is a perfect one to adopt if you’re interested in sabotaging your potentially sensitive, agreeable, harmonic future.

An empty space is marked off with plain wood and plain walls, so that the light drawn into its forms dim shadows within emptiness. It’s all so sensible and natural and yet it is so far removed from our Western preoccupation with clarity and light! Tanizaki was beckoning the reader back into the sensuous allure of the feminine shadows, showing how much of civilization was ttanizaki be found there.