In Praise of Shadows
Author: Junichiro Tanizaki | Paperback
**Mariko's Staff Pick**
This essay on Japanese aesthetics was written in 1933 by one of Japan's great novelists, Junichiro Tanizaki. He meanders through topics such as the traditional use of gold to reflect light indoors, makeup and masks in Kabuki versus Noh theater, and miso soup swirling in lacquered bowls. He even goes on at length about toilets and now I think differently of that whole experience! What would Tanizaki say about today's Mjui aesthetics and obsession with whiteness? Good comparison read for Kenya Hara's White or 100 Whites.
P.S. The character on the cover is "mu" which means "nothingness."