The classic essay by Tanizaki

Read and respond to the classic essay by Tanizaki, one of the most famous Japanese writers of the 20C, “In Praise of Shadows,” that speaks to Japanese aesthetics (or sense of beauty).

Summarize it briefly, stating what you got out of it and / or if you found exceptions to Tanizaki’s view. (No need to quote, just paraphrase it.)

Relate it to a Japanese work of art I posted below. Be sure to mention the name and artist of the work.

Sample Solution