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Aesthetics of the Japanese Lunchbox

Aesthetics of the Japanese Lunchbox - 98 edition

Aesthetics of the Japanese Lunchbox - 98 edition

ISBN13: 9780262550352

ISBN10: 0262550350

Aesthetics of the Japanese Lunchbox by Kenji Ekuan - ISBN 9780262550352
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 98
Copyright: 1998
Publisher: MIT Press
Published: 1998
International: No
Aesthetics of the Japanese Lunchbox by Kenji Ekuan - ISBN 9780262550352

ISBN13: 9780262550352

ISBN10: 0262550350

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 98

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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.