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Reflections on Japanese Taste by Kuki Shūzō
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Sep 16, 2009

it was ok
bookshelves: 2010, academic, art, non-fiction, politics-and-philosophy, male-author
Read on August 19, 2010

I don't usually read aesthetics, and this book reminded me why. Although I loved the descriptions of what actual things---patterns, music, etc.--- are considered iki, I had absolutely no desire to keep reading about the "analysis" of iki. Since the latter is a large part of any investigation into aesthetics, I ended up not enjoying a fairly large portion of the book.

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