I Want to Hug Kusamakura
A few years ago when I was preparing to take the Civil Service examination, I found a Chinese version of Kusamakura at the library. Though I didn’t understand Japanese was impressed by the beautiful and exquisite writing. I wanted to continue reading it, but I don’t know why I haven’t done it for a long time. These days, this book has suddenly come to my mind, and I started to read again.
This time, I was touched deeply while reading it. It seems that every word responds to the issues I have been thinking but I haven’t explored profoundly, especially the discussion on aesthetics in different cultures.That’s what I dreamt to study when I was a student but I didn’t really take into action.Since there are many messages in every paragraph which I need to mull over, I read this book at a very slow speed just like a turtle crawling and don’t know when I can reach the destination.
Today, I read that perspective decides how you appreciate things. It is interesting. Romantic love and family love are good. We cannot receive poetic inspiration when we are experiencing romantic love or family love first hand for the reason that we have a stake in them or there are too many good things dazzling and confusing us. When we stand in the third-person, we can have a clear mind by separating ourselves from stakes. It is an interesting perspective which makes the audience experience and resonate with the various feelings in this world through drama, and the novel. But the author thinks that, because the third-person perspective does not involve personal desire, it makes other kinds of emotions more obvious. He doesn’t like it very much. The main protagonist in this novel says that he has already lived for thirty years, and experienced many of the feelings that the world offers. He feels tired of experiencing the same stimulations. He is looking forward a perspective which is more detached.
He thinks the Western aesthetics which praises human affection and human nature are still a worldly fetter. Instead, he finds relief from Eastern poetry. Before discussing this, the author talks about the value of arts and nature bring to humanity. What I understand is that they can free our souls from rigidly mundane lives, and offer some leisurely room for our minds. Although they don’t necessarily bring us material merits, they can revitalize our spirits. As a result, he thinks Eastern poetry which presents an unworldly attitude, can better create an elegant spiritual world. His point of view implies philosophical thoughts from Buddhism and Taoism and takes classical Chinese literature into consideration.
I talked about my reflections on what I have read, and felt it was very interesting to think in different aesthetic perspectives. Also, I can’t help but think in what perspective am I standing while I reading this book? Am I standing in the third-person, too? When I realize that, it intrigued more.