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Author: Donald Keene
ISBN13: 978-4770029324
Title: Appreciations of Japanese Culture
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Language: English
Category: History and Criticism
Publisher: Kodansha Amer Inc (March 1, 2003)
Pages: 352

Appreciations of Japanese Culture by Donald Keene

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Donald Keene is the foremost scholar of Japanese Culture. He could be considered a living national treasure, and I feel fortunate to be alive as his contemporary. His body of work is enormous, his influence immeasurable; his importance cannot be overstated. The material is relevent and perennial

Appreciations of Japanese Culture book. Donald Keene's book is enlightening and helping to understand Japanese society. I also liked the first chapter that discuss Japanese aesthetic. While western tend to prefer symmetry and sophistication in art and architecture, Japanese prefers irregularity and asymmetry. The book explains well the reasons of this contrast.

The book acquaints the reader with Japanese aesthetics, poetry, fiction, and theater, and offers Keene's appreciations of these topics. Based on lectures given at the New York Public Library, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the University of California, Los Angeles, the essays -though written by a renowned scholar- presuppose no knowledge of Japanese culture. Keene's deep learning, in fact, enables him to construct an overview as delightful to read as it is informative. His insights often illuminate aspects of traditional Japanese culture that endure today. Throughout the volume, Keene demonstrates that the rich artistic and social traditions of Japan can indeed be understood by readers from our culture. This book will enlighten anyone interested in Japanese literature and culture.

Publication date 1971. Topics Japanese literature. PublisherTokyo, Palo Alto Kodansha International Ltd. Collectioninlibrary; printdisabled; ; china. Digitizing sponsorInternet Archive. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books. Uploaded by MerciG on November 16, 2010.

Donald Keene, University Professor Emeritus and Shinchō Professor Emeritus of Columbia University, died in Tokyo on February 24, 2019. He was 96. Professor Keene played the leading role in the establishment of Japanese literary studies in the United States and beyond.

Donald Keene celebrates becoming a Japanese citizen in 2012. The academic has died in Tokyo aged 96. Photograph: Shizuo Kambayashi/AP.

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Donald Lawrence Keene (June 18, 1922 – February 24, 2019) was an American-born Japanese scholar, historian, teacher, writer and translator of Japanese literature. Keene was University Professor Emeritus and Shincho Professor Emeritus of Japanese Literature at Columbia University, where he taught for over fifty years

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Despite this book's listing as 1991, it is actually a 2002 printing of a book first published in 1971. For Keene fans, and those wishing to delve a bit deeper into Japanese culture this book would be a good addition to your collection.
It is a collection of articles. They are well written and broadly ranging. My favorite is an article called _Confessions of a Specialist_ which originally appeared in the New York Times. In it, Keene describes his emotions as his colleagues roll their eyes and wonder why he's still translating dusty old Japanese scrolls.
Well, now its 2003 and Keene is still at it.
But this, his early work, has been eclipsed by his subsequent ouptput. At any rate, don't be fooled into thinking this consists of his recent writings.
Donald Keene is the foremost scholar of Japanese Culture. He could be considered a living national treasure, and I feel fortunate to be alive as his contemporary. His body of work is enormous, his influence immeasurable; his importance cannot be overstated.

Don't be put off by the copyright date of this book, which is 1971 (despite what the information states, this is probably a third edition of the book, but I believe all three editions are identical aside from the cover). The material is relevent and perennial. Historical Japan has not changed, and Keene's insights are every bit as valid now as they were when they were set down on paper (most of the material in this book actually predates the 1971 copyright). The suggested reading list at the back of the book is a superb springboard for further study, should a certain topic particularly amuse the reader, and the listed volumes are also excellent and continue to be highly relevent.

While a new edition is well-purchased at $22, an older edition can be had cheaply. I personally own the second edition and am quite pleased with it. I actually find myself here looking for a hardbound version, but, as one does not exist, I must make do with asserting my heartfelt opinion for this volume.

Basically amounting to an Anthology of Keene of sorts, a collection of some of his writings on Japan, it's an invaluable text. Were I to teach a general class in Japanese culture, this would surely be a book to include; perhaps it would be the only book necessary. Infinitely readable, inspirational, interesting, and difficult to put down, I couldn't recommend it more highly.

If my contributions to the study of Japan and the bridging of cultures amount to even a percentage of Keene's, my life will have been quite a productive one.

Another option to pursue is another collection of Keene's writings called, "The Blue-Eyed Taroukaja," and its copyright is much more recent. It's also highly recommended alongside this one.