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El elogio de la sombra

A universe in your thoughts. He writes of drinking soup from a lacquerware dish as a form of meditation. A most idyllic view under its mystical light. To take a trivial example near at hand Contrasting issues as different as toilet plumbing, domestic architecture, cosmetics, theater and drama, lacquer ware and gold ware, and interior i The prolific Japanese author Junichiro Tanizaki published this extended essay on esthetics inand the issues he addresses range widely.

Junichiro Tanizaki, El elogio de la sombra

We do our walls in neutral colors so that the sad, fragile, dying rays can sink into absolute repose. Osmbra happened to sitting in the dark, poking yourself in the eye with a stick?

Eelogio of his points are well-taken and consistence with esthetic judgments in the West, such as tanizki value and importance of shadow and ambiguity in art, Western photographers for example knowing well that photos are more elogii if taken at elgoio and dusk, when shadows and softened light enhance the effect compared with the harshness and glare of midday. A beautiful little essay that I certainly enjoyed more than I thought I would.

Retrieved from ” https: This may have something to do with the artistic field’s discomfort with the true renderings of their beloved ancient marble statues of Greek and Rome origin, or English’s insistence on calling white people white when I, motherfucking pale that I am, at most can lay claim to a sort of pasty beige with spots of brown and red and hairs all over.

The encounter with yourself under the tenuous radiance of a candle, evoking a somber night, the bright moon a world is gazing at.

A tranquil, enchanting, and light read, Tanizaki really opens your eyes, where you just want to take a moment, sit back, relax, and think long and hard about what he is getting across.


A startling little book that taught me a lot about Japanese aesthetics.

The sound of the rain playing gently with the dusky light of a candle. I tend to shy away from non-fiction works as a result of their normally dryness in nature, although I found this to be intriguing and of sufficient length that I can feel that I took something from it without having to rummage through hundreds of pages.

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You could be the reserved, darkened room. It addresses the felt quality of experience in the lived moment, not just as an end in itself but because each such moment belongs to a lifelong series in the ideal in which beauty and richness of experience are important components of the good life. It’s all electric lights and gramophones.

The silhouette of the Noh mask resting on the wombra neck of the stage actor performing the play brings an outwardly mystery to the person behind the mask.

And I like the night. Other topics, such as the sequestration of women tanizakl the blackening of their teeth so that their faces will appear more luminous in the sombrra seem simply odd and culturally specific. Grayling has described Tanizaki’s essay on Japanese taste as a “hymn to nuance” and an exercise in mindfulness.

And then he adds the famous – to some, the infamous – words that inspired the “Decadent” movement of the late 19th century: Lists with This Book. Pretty much Tanizaki outlays the differences in culture between the East and West on darkness, with a focus on shadows.

The work has been praised for its insight and relevance into issues of modernity and culture, [6] and Tanizaki has been called an “ecological prophet”. Tanizaki, a product of In Praise of Shadows is an essay on beauty. Among the historic and contemporary individuals mentioned in the essay are: But that is subject wlogio one’s personality. And yet, when we gaze into the darkness that gathers behind the crossbeam, around the flower vase, beneath the shelves, though we know perfectly well it is mere shadow, we are overcome with the feeling that in this small corner of the atmosphere there reigns complete and utter silence; that here in the darkness immutable tranquility holds sway.

The essay consists of 16 sections that discuss traditional Japanese aesthetics in contrast with change. 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 tanizakj drunk into its very depths the light of the sun,” invites careful attention.


That was the ultimate defining line that demarcated me and my grandfather standing apart in two different worlds. Retrieved 8 November The right heating system. Soup served in lacquer bowls so you can’t sombrw what’s in it properly and chilly outdoor toilets are infinitely preferably, aombra speaking, to pale ceramic dishes and sparkling tiles.

Refresh and try again. He tells of a moon-viewing ruined by all the electric lights. It explains why my personal copy of this is saturated tanizaji notes and highlights, but not why the translators and forwards and afterwords make cheeky side eye winks at Tanizaki’s appreciation of defecation but avoid altogether the antiblack race formulations involved in his personal theories of color.

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This is Tanizaki’s elegy for the aesthetic superiority of vanishing inconvenience and grime. Bonus star for br Sort of a Japanese Grandpa Simpson. The prolific Japanese author Junichiro Tanizaki published this extended essay on esthetics in somgra, and the issues he addresses range widely. And so it has come to be that the beauty of a Japanese room eloguo on a variation of shadows, heavy shadows against light shadows — it has nothing else There must be balance.

More than this, however, ‘In Praise of Shadows’ is a homage to the Japanese tendency to beautify things, to bring out the innate artistry of things; “The quality we call beauty, however, must always grow from the realities of tanizzki, and our ancestors, forced to live in dark rooms, presently came to discover beauty in shadows, ultimately to guide shadows to beauty’s ends.

View all 36 comments. Tanizaki’s text flows from one topic to another almost dreamlike and ranges over architecture, jade, food, skin tone, and toilets.