The Flowering Spirit: Classic Teachings on the Art of N-o

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The actor and playwright Zeami (1363-1443) has been described by Donald Keene as "the greatest figure in the history of No." As well as astonishing masterpieces for the theories of the art of No. These were initially secret teachings that were later coveted among the upper echelons of the samurai class, and only reached the general public in the early twentieth century.

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 actor and playwright Zeami (1363-1443) has been described by Donald Keene as "the greatest figure in the history of No." As well as astonishing masterpieces for the theories of the art of No. These were initially secret teachings that were later coveted among the upper echelons of the samurai class, and only reached the general public in the early twentieth century.

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.

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  • ISBN-13: 9784770024992
  • Publisher: Kodansha USA Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/19/2006
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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Zeami (13631432) was an actor and playwright, described by Donald Keene as the greatest figure in the history of No. William Scott Wilson's first translation, Kodansha's bestselling edition of Hagakure, was published in 1979, the same year he completed a Masters degree in Japanese language and literature at the University of Washington. Hagakure was prominently featured in the Jim Jarmusch film, Ghost Dog. Wilsons other translations include The Book of Five Rings, The Life-Giving Sword, The Unfettered Mind, Taiko and Ideals of the Samurai. He is also the author of The Lone Samurai: The Life of Miyamoto Musashi, a biography of one of Japan's most important cultural icons. In 2005, Wilson was awarded Japan's Foreign Minister Commendation. He lives in Miami, Florida.

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Table of Contents

1 Concerning practice and age 63
2 Role-playing 71
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
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