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We approach darkness with a melancholic and uneasy caution. What is inferred by such an encounter is (and always will be) synonymous with ambivalence and mystery. The more you understand the depth of your’s or a whole universe’s shadow, the stronger it gets to make you feel something.
In Praise of Shadows is an ephemeral essay written with infinite affection about the manifestation of shadows in the ordinariness of living. What, if I were to ask you, are the ordinary elements of living? Those elements that express their form, awareness, and sensation intimately. And yet, they’re merely unremembered by us in the next second. How, then, does shadow define these elements better than we ever can?
In Praise of Shadows reads like a conversation consisting of profound inconsistencies. It’s eager to touch upon some of the distinct nuances between Western and Eastern mannerisms. Proving that even to meditate upon a foundation as seemingly dull and blank as a white wall can have expression.
If you were to look up from the book around you, look at the empty mug in front of you, the stack of books on the floor, or the sun peels through a crack in the window – you’d grasp the strangeness of everything. And how we carefully perceive these elements as they fill up empty spaces and wander, forever drenched in the brush strokes of light and shadows.
The book received in good condition.Its a very slim book with 64 pages of essay .The cover photograph is of an album cover made of lacquer.
As the title "In praise of shadows " gives insight into light and darkness caused by appropriate lighting which casts beautiful shadows , lacquer ware (Urushi) , Wood work and the effect of ageing grains,Sliding door and walls with washi paper found in traditional Japanese house ,restaurants with candle lights, toilets.It contrasts with the over brightness came with electricity.As the book gives the most subtle beauty of Japanese traditional design.
This book is a must read one , collectible item for those who love oriental beauty, craftsmanship, perfection and attention to detail. Thank You.
You would just fall in love with Junichiro as you journey through the shadows of life and light and darkness with him! An atypical Japanese masterclass where the lusts and love of life join hands to create an intriguing story!