• Essential reading

    David Adjaye, architect
  • An elegant essay on traditional Japanese aesthetics by the great novelist. A delight to read

    Independent on Sunday
  • More like a poem than an essay

    Building Design
  • Tanizaki suggests an attitude of appreciation and mindfulness, especially mindfulness of beauty, as central to life lived well

    AC Grayling
  • This has been an important book for my career. I’ve read it multiple times—it continues to be meaningful and I don't expect that will change. Shadows are more important than objects because they enter the realm of the mysterious. The white space is more important than the stroke of the pen. Shadows are the silent reason that objects are recognized; they give them shape. Shadows represent the soul of a place or object

    Tom Kundig, architect

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