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The Resource Following the brush : an American encounter with classical Japanese culture, John Elder

Following the brush : an American encounter with classical Japanese culture, John Elder

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Following the brush : an American encounter with classical Japanese culture
Title
Following the brush
Title remainder
an American encounter with classical Japanese culture
Statement of responsibility
John Elder
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Following the Brush is the engaging story of an American's experience as a student and observer of traditional Japanese culture. A professor of English, John Elder lived for a year with his family in Kyoto. As a cultural outsider and devoted amateur, Elder brings a distinctive and sympathetic eye to arts and institutions that are, as the author points out, peopled by Japanese who are these days themselves outsiders in an important sense, lovers of pursuits which have been "swirled off into eddies by the velocity of the economic mainstream." Elder's portraits are detailed and dramatic. In the title essay, the author submits to the traditional Japanese approach to learning shodo, or calligraphy: week after week he patiently returns to class until, at the end, we can all see quite clearly "the outlines of a world that blossoms from the ink." We are given an insider's look at a Japanese elementary school - attended by all three of the author's children - that is both startling and admiring. There is a beautifully drawn portrait of a Noh actor, one of the very few women to establish herself at the highest professional level - a woman pretending to be a man pretending to be a woman. Elder describes the sisterhood of Kyoto geishas as they "venture out, self-possessed and superbly eccentric, in their errands along the noisy streets of Japan." And we watch with fascination as Elder is allowed in as the only foreigner to a traditional Go club, where men only pursue "the austere beauty, and the pure competition, of the world's most demanding game." Elder's experience as a leading writer on nature leads him also to reflect in other essays on distinctly Japanese attachments to nature and wildness
Cataloging source
DLC
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1947-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Elder, John
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
Japan
Label
Following the brush : an American encounter with classical Japanese culture, John Elder
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Following the brush -- Kiyomizushogakko -- A shower of stones -- Inheriting the invisible -- Whalemeat -- Wildness and walls -- Cat's cradle
Control code
25709819
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
x, 166 pages
Isbn
9780807059067
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(WaOLN)1586064
Label
Following the brush : an American encounter with classical Japanese culture, John Elder
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Following the brush -- Kiyomizushogakko -- A shower of stones -- Inheriting the invisible -- Whalemeat -- Wildness and walls -- Cat's cradle
Control code
25709819
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
x, 166 pages
Isbn
9780807059067
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(WaOLN)1586064

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