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The Fushikaden is the best known of these treatises, and is just as relevant today as it was six hundred years...
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The Fushikaden is the best known of these treatises, and is just as relevant today as it was six hundred years ago. Not only does it provide practical instruction to actors, likening the actor's art to a flower, but it also offers valuable teachings on the aesthetics and spiritual culture of Japan, as well as a philosophical outlook on life.
In The Flowering Spirit: Classic Teachings on the Art of No, William Scott Wilson accompanies his translation of this classic text with a comprehensive introduction describing the historical background and the main features of No. He also includes a new translation of one of Zeami's most beautifully written plays, Atsumori, a poetic and moving account of the death of an elegant young warrior, and the redemption of his soul through the prayers of the older seasoned warrior who took his life.
|1||Concerning practice and age||63|
|3||Questions and answers||82|
|4||Matters concerning the gods||98|
|5||Praising the deepest principles||104|
|6||Cultivating the flower||112|
|7||Additional oral traditions||124|