Pursuit of the Imperfect: A Close Analysis of Kenkō’s Tsurezuregusa Open Access

Kim, Suji (Spring 2020)

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This work examines medieval Japanese aesthetics and thought in the distinguished text Tsurezuregusa. By exploring three interrelated but separate aesthetics ma, mono no aware and mujōkan that are at the heart of Yoshida Kenkō’s writing, this paper investigates the relationship between the aesthetic of Tsurezuregusa and Japaneseness. To conclude, this paper identifies the continued influence of medieval Japanese aesthetics and thought on shaping Japaneseness in the modern period.

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Introduction 1

Tsurezuregusa 3

Space Consciousness - Ma 間 4

Pathos of Things – Mono no Aware 物の哀れ 12

Impermanence - Mujō 無常 24

Conclusion 34

References 39

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