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Japan Style


This book describes and defines what ‘Japan style’ is. It explores specific achievements in Japanese art and architecture, but also offers an in-depth analysis of the whole of Japanese culture, its vision of the world and of humankind.


Gian Carlo Calza


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This book describes and defines what ‘Japan style’ is. It explores specific achievements in Japanese art and architecture, but also offers an in-depth analysis of the whole of Japanese culture, its vision of the world and of humankind.

‘Japan style’ is something recognizable to everyone: a beautifully arranged flower, an elegant piece of calligraphy or a simple rock garden, but it is also something that is very difficult to define.

This book gives the reader the tools to fully understand Japanese art and culture. As Gian Carlo Calza says, the path to understanding and appreciating Japanese culture is slow and long, and in order to develop the right sensibility on the journey, it is imperative that the reader acquires the necessary means. With this in mind, the author reveals and shares his experience in and knowledge of Japanese culture, defining the essence of Japanese style.

The book is divided into three main sections. In the first one (‘Irregular Beauty’), the author delineates the different aspects of Japanese culture and draws interesting connections between art, architecture, religion, philosophy and mythology. For example, he explains the aesthetics of the tea ceremony and its relationship to Zen philosophy as well as other subjects such as the function of the void in mythology, Buddhism and the arts.

The second part of the book (‘A Feeling of Nature’) follows a chronological path from ancient times to the present explaining more specifically how to interpret the different forms of Japanese art (literature, painting, sculpture, etc.).

The third part of the book ('Art Masters') contains short monographs on Japanese masters in the history of Japanese art and culture: Zeami Moto, the creator of "No" theatre; Hokusai, the master of woodblock printing; Yasunai Kawabata and Mishima Yukio, the writers; and the graphic designer, Tanaka Ikko.

Calza’s groundbreaking and insightful text is accompanied by 150 colour images of a great variety of examples from Japanese art and culture.



SPECIFICATIONS:

Format: Paperback
Size: 270 x 205 mm (10 5/8 x 8 1/8 in)
Pages: 304 pp
Illustrations: 96 illustrations
ISBN: 9780714870557

Gian Carlo Calza is Professor of East Asian Art History and Director of the International Hokusai Research Centre at the University of Venice. A distinguished authority on Japanese art, he has published many books and articles on several artists, including Phaidon’s monographs on Hokusai (2003) and on Ukiyo-e (2005).

Contents and sections:

Irregular Beauty

  • Japan Style
  • Tea and the Aestetics of the Undefined
  • Images of Emptiness
  • The Seductiveness of Impermanence
  • Eccentric? No, Extraordinary
  • The Secret Message of No
  • Tears of the Mask
  • The Colours of Darkness
  • Interlude: Small but Great

  • The Feeling of Nature

  • The Harmony of Things
  • An Intimate Perception of Reality
  • The Dragon in Tranquillity
  • Nature's Magnificence
  • Nature and Beauty in the Floating World
  • Interlude: Eating with the Eyes

  • Masters of Art

  • Zeami: The Flower in the Demon
  • Hokusai: The Old Man Mad about Painting
  • Kawabata: The Power of the Ethereal
  • Mishima: When Will You Kill Yourself, Master?
  • Ikko: A Flash of Light

  • Glossary
    Bibliography
    Acknowledgements
    Index

    "Images are carefully chosen and beautifully juxtaposed."—IDFX

    "This poetic book analyses complexities of Japanese style. Instead of straightforward case studies on well-known examples, it tackles underlying aspects of culture with references to Buddhism, mythology, Zen philosophy, architecture and the visual arts. Beautifully illustrated, and far more than just Ando, tea ceremonies and Noh theatre."—Building Design

    "Images are carefully chosen and beautifully juxtaposed."—IDFX

    "This poetic book analyses complexities of Japanese style. Instead of straightforward case studies on well-known examples, it tackles underlying aspects of culture with references to Buddhism, mythology, Zen philosophy, architecture and the visual arts. Beautifully illustrated, and far more than just Ando, tea ceremonies and Noh theatre."—Building Design


     

     

     
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