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  • ISBN: 9780262550352
  • ISBN10: 0262550350

The Aesthetics of the Japanese Lunchbox

by Ekuan, Kenji A

  • List Price: $30.00
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publish date: 10/01/2000
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Description: 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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