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A most delightful book, and one that has served as a model of Japanese style and taste since the seventeenth century. These cameo-like vignettes reflect the importance of the little, fleeting futile things, and each essay is Kenko himself.(Asian Student)
If you enjoy things briefly told, if you want to try the prose equivalent of waka and haiku, if you already know Montaigne and would like to meet a spiritual kinsman, then you might want to take an evening and read Essays in Idleness.... [A] superb translation.(Washington Post)
A sensitive, personal reading.(Journal of Asian Studies)
The Tsurezuregusa is a key instrument in attempting to teach the classical Japanese tradition to the modern Western student.... This is indeed a welcome volume.(Monumenta Nipponica) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Anyone interested in or studying Japanese history/literature/culture should read this book.
For example, if you are unhappy with the way your yard looks in the winter (like we have been), well, it is supposed to look that way.
A true stress reliever that helps one return to a place inside each of us that also requires nourishment and companionship.
If you're interested at all in medieval Japanese aesthetics and social norms/values, then you might find this well worthwhile. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
A beautiful respite in an otherwise chaotic world. A true stress reliever that helps one return to a place inside each of us that also requires nourishment and companionship.Published 23 months ago by shopper
Each of these essays give you something to think about for the rest of however long you think about things. For me it is an essay at a time, with adequate time to reflect.Published on October 2, 2012 by shelagh46
English translation of Tsurezuregusa
Translated by Donald Keene
Tuttle Press, 1981
If you ask the value and purpose of this book, you will most often be told... Read more