Japan Style

12 800 Ft


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.



Table of contents:

1.Irregular Beauty

Japan style

Tea and the Aesthetics of the Undefined

Images of Emptiness

The Seductivness of  Impermanence


The Secret Message of No

Tears of the Mask

The Colours of Darkness

Interlude: Small but Great

2.The Feeling of Nature

The Harmony of Things

An Intimate Perception of Reality

The Dragon in Tranquility

Nature’s Magneficence

Nature and Beauty in the Floating World

Interlude: Eating with the Eyes

3. 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






További információk

Tömeg 1.384 kg

puhatáblás, ragasztókötött




21 x 2.5 x 27.3




Gian Carlo Calza

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