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Written at the turn of the last century and first
published in 1883, when there was a strong tendency in Japan towards
equating western culture with enlightenment, the author counters with an
appreciation of the Japanese sense of beauty, values and way of thinking
through this history of Japanese art. His point of view remains fresh
and valid today. Okakura (1862-1913) worked with Ernest F. Fenollosa to
found the Tokyo Fine Art School, now known as Tokyo National University
of Fine Arts and Music. He later became Curator of the Department of
Oriental Art at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.
The Ideals of the East
With Special Reference to
the Art of Japan
by Kakuzo Okakura
Published by ICG-Muse, Inc.
Published 2000, 268 pp.
ISBN 4 925080 26 1, paperback, £10.99