Japanese Design

Japanese Design : Art, Aesthetics & Culture

From the Aesthetics of the japanese tea ceremony to the lavish art of the elites, the first chapter introduces the most important Japanese aesthetic concepts and design principles that have inspired Japanese artists over time.

Japanese Design
Japanese Design

Written by Patricia J. Graham (Ph.D. in Japanese Art History) the book approaches Japanese design in a scholarly manner.

Then, the second chapter deals with the cultural parameters of Japanese design such as the symbiosis or art and religion. Japanese art wouldn’t be the same without the unique culture of refinement and aesthetic beauty omnipresent in Japan.

Finally the third chapter presents key actors in the discover and popularization of Japanese art and design to the western world. Among them were scientists, philosophers, art collectors and avid travelers who explored this fascinating country.

I enjoyed my reading of this book on Japanese design. I learned a lot, for this book contains a lot of scholarly sourced information on art and design from Japan. However I did not feel I was the target audience, with no formal education in arts. In that sense it may not be the best book for neophytes of Japanese culture.

Despite being aimed at the well-informed, the book contains many high quality images of some of the best examples of Japanese art and design that I really enjoyed learning about. My first reading made me want to to learn more on the topic and I’m sure will have changed the way I look at Japanese art. In that sense this book has, I think, fulfilled its purpose.

Disclosure : The book Japanese Design : Art, Aeathetics & Culture was provided by Tuttle publishing for review. There are no commercial agreements between GaijinGoJapan.com and the latter.

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Gaijin San

Since my better half is Japanese I often have the chance to travel to Japan. I grew fond over time of this magnificent country. I thought of sharing with you some places worth visiting in this little but growing travel guide to Japan. I try to show with images what I can't express with words. I hope you may find here some inspiration! For those who wonder, I chose the moniker Gaijin-San after being called like this by a waitress at a grilled eel restaurant. "Gaijin" means foreigner and "San" is a honorific suffix in Japanese.

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