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Aesthetics of the Japanese Lunchbox

Aesthetics of the Japanese Lunchbox - 98 edition

ISBN13: 978-0262550352

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ISBN13: 978-0262550352
ISBN10: 0262550350
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Edition/Copyright: 98
Publisher: MIT Press
Published: 1998
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Aesthetics of the Japanese Lunchbox - 98 edition

ISBN13: 978-0262550352

Kenji Ekuan

ISBN13: 978-0262550352
ISBN10: 0262550350
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 98
Publisher: MIT Press

Published: 1998
International: No
Summary

The Makunouchi Bento, or traditional Japanese lunchbox, is a highly lacquered wooden box divided into quadrants, each of which contains different delicacies. But Kenji Ekuan reveals that a much deeper reading is possible, one that sees the lunchbox as nothing less than a key to an understanding of Japanese civilization.
Ekuan reads the Japanese lunchbox as both object and metaphor. In so doing, he unlocks the secrets of ancient Japanese rituals, celebrates the aesthetics of Japanese design, explores the contours of Japanese landscapes and technology, and delineates the forty-eight rules of the etiquette of Japanese form. With an agility more characteristic of poetry than of design criticism, he connects everything from food, television, motorcycles, package tours, and department stores to landscape, ecology, computers, and radios, all the while keeping his eye on his subject.

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