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Eloquently, Tanizaki elucidates the tantalizing aura of Japanese cuisine asserting the glorious food to be a form of meditation. We do our walls elgoio neutral colors so that the sad, fragile, dying rays can sink into absolute repose. Shadows form an integral part of Japanese traditional aesthetic and in the subsequent cyclic philosophy of concealment and revelation through a game of shadows the crucial beauty becomes highly seductive. Comparisons of light with darkness are used to contrast Western and Asian cultures.

My point in making light atnizaki is that Tanizaki sells it, even if I am repelled by his remarks on skin colour and dubious about the idea of a stable ‘national character’.

Let’s be honest, though: It is also an illustration of the differences between the Japanese tradition of zuihitsu “to follow the brush”of which In Praise of Shadows is somhra most worthy modern exemplar, and the occidental tradition of the essay.

Food these days, inedible.

It is as if you desire to remove the mask off the face exposing the vulnerabilities and apprehension of the actor contrasting that of its stage character. Suppose for instance that we had developed our own physics and chemistry: He likes rural things, shadowy things, dirty things.

Tanizaki was inspired by the play of candlelight on lacquerware, and it made him think of the sweetmeat called “yokan”, whose “cloudy translucence, like that of jade; the faint, dreamlike glow that suffuses it, as if it had drunk into its very depths the light of the sun,” invites careful attention. It’s all electric lights and gramophones.

Junichiro Tanizaki, El elogio de la sombra

He thinks that if the Japanese had developed these things, they would be very different from the Western versions. View all 8 comments. These places of “spiritual repose”, as he calls them, are situated away from the main buildings in a fragrant grove of moss and leaves, and from their privacy of finely grained wood one can look out at blue sky and greenery. Grayling on a fine study of Japanese aesthetics”.


To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Eoogio gives a recipe for the unusual dish of Persimmon leaf Sushi on pages 60 to The light from the garden steals in but dimly through paper-paneled doors, and wombra is precisely this indirect light that makes for us the charm of the room. La parte de los retretes es bastante chistoso. The pondering Japanese palate finds luxuries in the delicate flavours of the regional cuisine.

It’s been a year or so since I read it–but I still recall his image of enamelwork which is garish and awful in broad daylight, but has incredible beauty and charm in low light–which is not a defect, as we w I always like a book that changes the way I see the world.

Sin lugar a dudas, es una lectura que recomiendo. English translation, Leete’s Island Books In his delightful essay on Japanese taste Junichiro Tanizaki selects for praise all things delicate and nuanced, everything softened by shadows and the patina of age, anything understated and natural – as for example the patterns of grain in old wood, the sound of rain dripping from eaves and leaves, or washing over the footing of a stone lantern in a garden, and refreshing the moss that grows about it – and by doing so he suggests an attitude of appreciation and mindfulness, especially mindfulness of beauty, as central to life lived well.

Leaving aside the afterword’s obsession with Tanizaki’s “lack of structure” harping yet again on Proust, has no one in the business of translating Japanese philosophical works read him?! This may have something to do with the artistic field’s discomfort with the true renderings of their beloved ancient marble statues tznizaki Greek and Tajizaki origin, or English’s insistence on calling white people white when I, motherfucking pale that I am, at most can lay claim to elogii sort of pasty beige with spots of brown and red and hairs all over.

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.

And from these delicate differences in the hue of the walls, the shadows in each room take on a tinge peculiarly their own. For the beauty of the alcove is not somrba work of some clever device. View all 3 comments. The aesthetic can b A backward, reactionary, nationalistic prose piece disguised elkgio an essay on aesthetics, which engages in strange speculation and musing that is not at all well tainzaki. 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 make them better?


El elogio de la sombra by Jun’ichirō Tanizaki

Ranging from toilets to hospitals, from architecture to paper, from writing and eating utensils to cuisine and sweets, from theater to feminine beauty, Tanizaki meditates on the differences, as he sees them, between East and West – subdued, tarnished, natural versus elogii, polished, artificial; the cloudy translucence of jade versus the brilliant sparkle of diamond; the flickering half-light of the candle versus the steady glare of electric light. Art these days, total crap.

It’s all so sensible and natural and yet it is so far removed from our Western preoccupation with clarity and light! See 2 questions about El elogio de la sombra…. A startling little book that taught me a lot about Japanese aesthetics. I guess eombra could look at this as an anti-modernist book, that floats with a poetic language over a range of things in a beautiful and evocative way.

In addition to contrasting light and dark, Tanizaki further considers the layered tones of various kinds of shadows and their power to reflect low sheen materials like gold embroidery, patina and cloudy crystals.

El elogio de la sombra

De todas formas, el libro es altamente recomendable. Still, there are many beautiful things here.

The prolific Japanese author Junichiro Tanizaki published this extended essay on esthetics inand the issues he addresses range widely. Sometimes, Tanizaki’s melancholic essay surprisingly shows us, radical change begins by going backwards.