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In Praise of Shadows

by Jun'ichirō Tanizaki

An essay on aesthetics by the Japanese novelist, this book explores architecture, jade, food, and even toilets, combining an acute sense of the use of space in buildings. The book also includes descriptions of laquerware under candlelight and women in the darkness of the house of pleasure.

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Categories: EssaysPhilosophy

Reading time: 01 hours


Tony Fadell
Engineer, Designer and Entrepreneur

I regularly gift the book called In Praise of Shadows. I find it absolutely fascinating because I only grew up, so the book is all about Japan before pre-industrial era. And how they lived at home and how they lived when Western technology entered the home afterwards. And he was comparing his life before and after. And I was never able to do that because I only lived in this world, in this post-industrial world.