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Collected English Writings. With a preface by Koshiro Okakura and an Introduction by Sunao Nakamura.
Tokyo, Heibonsha Limited. 1984 - 3 Volumes (complete set). Octavo. XXI, 442, 446, 398 pages. With several photographic illustrations in each volume. Original Hardcover with original dustjackets in original slipcase. Very important publication. Extremely scarce and sought after edition. Excellent condition with only very minor signs of external wear. The dustjackets all in protective Mylar. Includes the following chapters: Volume I - The Life of Okakura Kakuzo / The Ideals of the East / The Awakening of the East / The Awakening of Japan / The Book of Tea / The White Fox / The Legend of Yoshitsune / Ataka / Ko Atsumori / A Bibliographical Introduction / Volume II - Essays from Japan / Notes on Contemporary Japanese Art / The Bijutsu-In or the New Old School of Japanese Art / Modern Problems in Painting / Japanese and Chinese Paintings in the Museum / Talk Given to Ladies who assisted in the Work of The Chinese and Japanese Department / Chinese and Japanese Mirrors / Prefatory Note for Japanese Sword Guards / The Nature and Value of Eastern Connoisseurship / Religions in East Asiatic Art / Nature in East Asiatic Painting / Prefatory Note for the Catalogue of a special Exhibition of Japanese and Chinese Lacquer / Preface for the Catalogue of Japanese and Chinese Lacquer / The History of Lacquer / The Confucian Age and the Laoist Age / On the Method of Practising Concentration and Contemplation, Chiki / Japanese Temples and their Treasures / Volume III - English Poems / Letters / Appendix with: Japan's greatest Critic tells of Japan's Art / Okakura-Kakuzo by Bigelow and Lodge / Kakuzo Okakura by S. Tagore / Priyambada Devi's Letters to Okakura / Priyambada Devi's Notebook / Priyambada Devi's Second Notebook / Notes by and concerning Okakura - Housed at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston / A Record of Okakura's Eyesight Okakura Kakuzo (February 14, 1862 – September 2, 1913) (also known as Okakura Tenshin) was a Japanese scholar who contributed to the development of arts in Japan. Outside Japan, he is chiefly remembered today as the author of The Book of Tea. Born in Yokohama to parents originally from Fukui, Okakura learned English while attending a school operated by Christian missionary, Dr. Curtis Hepburn. At 15, he entered Tokyo Imperial University, where he first met and studied under Harvard-educated professor Ernest Fenollosa. In 1889, Okakura co-founded the periodical Kokka. In 1887 he was one of the principal founders of the Tokyo School of Fine Arts (Tokyo Bijutsu Gakko), and a year later became its head, although he was later ousted from the school in an administrative struggle. Later, he also founded the Japan Art Institute with Hashimoto Gaho and Yokoyama Taikan. He was invited by William Sturgis Bigelow to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 1904 and became the first head of the Asian art division in 1910. Okakura was a high-profile urbanite who had an international sense of self. In the Meiji period he was the first dean of the Tokyo Fine Arts School (later merged with the Tokyo Music School to form the current Tokyo University of the Arts). He wrote all of his main works in English. Okakura researched Japan's traditional art and traveled to Europe, the United States, China and India. He emphasised the importance to the modern world of Asian culture, attempting to bring its influence to realms of art and literature that, in his day, were largely dominated by Western culture. His 1903 book on Asian artistic and cultural history, The Ideals of the East with Special Reference to the Art of Japan, published on the eve of the Russo-Japanese War, is famous for its opening paragraph in which he sees a spiritual unity throughout Asia, which distinguishes it from the West: Asia is one. The Himalayas divide, only to accentuate, two mighty civilisations, the Chinese with its communism of Confucius, and the Indian with its individualism of the Vedas. But not even the snowy barriers can interrupt for one moment that broad expanse of love for the Ultimate and Universa [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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