By Donald Richie
The inner most collections of longtime Japan resident and specialist on smooth eastern tradition Donald Richie trap the personalities of yes eastern people--some well-known, a few unknown--with perception and humor.
This striking choice of person photos is likely to be the 1st e-book concerning the jap to view them totally unhindered by way of a number of the theories approximately them—people as advanced, as uncomplicated, as inscrutable, and as comprehensible as someone else.
In those fifty–four items there are either the famous—Mishima, Kawabata, Mifune, Kurosawa—and the unknown: the would–be geisha, the ex–boxer grew to become gangster, the scheming bar madame and the outdated guy loss of life by myself. this is the infamous Sada Abe, who mutilated her useless lover and whose tale was once filmed in Oshima's The Realm of the Senses
And this is Oshima himself, lifeless inebriated and making ideal feel; here's the actress who performed Abe, exiled in Rome. the following too is the supply boy who kills himself for romance, the woman who enjoyed a Korean, and the actress, a public idol, who without notice and completely disappeared from view.
And there are dozens of others, people who have in universal, along with their jap nationality, the truth that they knew the writer, and that —fortunatly for us—he knew them. This hugely own recollections shape essentially the most unique and deeply felt books on Japan ever to seem.
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Sg www. periplus. com 10 09 08 07 06 five four three 2 1 TUTTLE PUBLISHING® is a registered trademark of Tuttle Publishing. For James Merrill Contents Foreword xi Hajimé Saisho 1 Yasunari Kawabata five Shozo Kuroda nine Yasujiro Ozu 12 Setsuko Hara 15 Fumio Mizushima 19 Tadashi Nakajima 22 Yukio Mishima 29 Sada Abé 33 Eiko Matsuda 36 Kazuko Morinaga 39 Saburo Sasaki forty three Kishio Kitakawa forty seven Hiro Obayashi fifty one Masako Tanaka fifty eight Akira Kurosawa sixty two Toshiro Mifuné sixty six Ruriko Otani 70 Kunio Kubo seventy four Minoru Sakai seventy nine Oharu Kitano eighty four Taro Furukaki 88 Toru Takemitsu ninety one Mieko Watanabé ninety four Sessué Hayakawa ninety eight Daisetz Suzuki one hundred and one Tadanori Yokoo 106 Tatsumi Hijikata one hundred ten Utaemon Nakamura 114 Tamasaburo Bando 119 Tsutomu Yamazaki 122 Sonoko Suzuki 126 Kikuo Kikuyama one hundred thirty Keiko Matsunaga 134 Hidetada Sato 138 Shuji Terayama 148 Isuzu Yamada 151 Kon Ichikawa 156 Sumiré Watanabé 158 Toshio Morikawa 161 Shintaro Katsu 168 Hisako Shiraishi a hundred and seventy Hiroshi Momma 179 Chishu Ryu 183 Hiroyasu Yano 187 Nagisa Oshima 192 Tetsuko Kuroyanagi 197 Mayumi Oda 201 Toshikatsu Wada 204 Makiyo Numata 209 Koichiro Arai 213 Noboru Tanaka 222 Hanako Watanabé 226 H. I. M. Michiko 230 Foreword the belief for this paintings got here after a lot of it was once written. From magazine entries, diary jottings, failed tales and novels, I had gathered a couple of pages that fascinating, yet i didn't understand how to exploit them. There looked to be no shape that will carry jointly items this quite a few. Then, as i used to be studying Marguerite Yourcenar's e-book on Mishima, I stumbled on this passage: "A chain is shaped of individuals various from each other, who're united, incomprehensibly, simply because now we have selected them. " and that i knew what this selection of mine used to be approximately and what shape it's going to take. I had for your time desired to write of my years in Japan, greater than part my lifestyles, yet i didn't are looking to write a memoir; these I had learn appeared so explanatory, so self-serving. yet the following, by way of assembling a gaggle of stray those that had lived on in reminiscence, I observed a fashion of recording a few of my very own reviews with out "exploiting" them. The deeper stories can be excluded, yet what possibly counts most—the dappled floor of lifestyles itself—would be seen. and that i will be there one of the crowd. I had no version for this publication, even though I a lot widespread the accrued personality stories of the nineteenth-century eastern author Doppo Kunikida and his expertise for what he known as "sketching from existence. " yet I did have a few anti-models. those have been these books on Japan that are written totally in generalities. it's all them-and-us, and "the eastern" who emerge from those works endure little resemblance to any eastern i've got ever recognized. I had develop into impatient interpreting approximately such all-explaining traits as giri and ninjo, hone and tatemae, ura and omote, and the entire remainder of those abstractions. Such hypothetical opposites do exist in Japan, yet they exist in every single place else to boot.