Thursday, 11 June 2009

Junichiro Tanizaki - In praise of shadows

About the author: Junichiro Tanizaki was an eminent Japanese novelist (1886-1965), and this is an essay on aesthetics within the context of traditional Japanese culture. Must try and read some of his other translated novels...

Just a quote I like from the foreword by Charles Moore, School of Architecture, UCLA:

"...there comes to us the excitement of realising that musicians everywhere make their sounds to capture silence of that architects develop complex shapes just to envelop empty space."


pg. 46

We find beauty not in the thing itself but in the patterns of shadows, the light and the darkness, that one thing against another creates.


I couldn't quote anymore parts from this as it really needs to be read as a whole essay. I want to go to Japan!

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