In Praise of Shadows 陰翳礼讃
In Praise of Shadows
A writer of duality, the novelist Junichiro Tanizaki (1886-1965), in 1933 published a brilliant essay on Japanese aesthetics, revealing the play on light and shade, "slightly veiled, deep reflections" of the habitats of the Archipelago. A poetic vision making the shards of chiaroscuro shimmer on the wood, the paper and the lacquer of an interior. A reflection on beauty, gentleness and women. A classic, an essential to read and read again.