Site mapAbout usConsultative CommitteeAsk LibrarianContributionCopyrightCitation GuidelineDonationHome        

CatalogAuthor AuthorityGoogle
Search engineFulltextScripturesLanguage LessonsLinks

Extra service
Smashing the Mirror of Yamato: Sakaguchi Ango, Decadence and a (Post-metaphysical) Buddhist Critique of Culture=大和の鏡を打ち砕く:坂口安吾、デカダンス、(ポスト観念論的な)仏教的文化批評
Author Shields, James Mark
Source Japan Review: Journal of the International Research Center for Japanese Studies=日本研究=Nichibunken Japan Review=Bulletin of the International Research Center for Japanese Studies
Pages225 - 246
PublisherInternational Research Center for Japanese Studies=国際日本文化研究センター
Publisher Url
Location京都, 日本 [Kyoto, Japan]
Content type期刊論文=Journal Article
NoteAuthor Affiliations: Bucknell University, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Keyword坂口安吾=Sakaguchi Ango; 堕落=Decadence; 無頼派=Burai-ha; 粕取り文化=Kasutori-bunka; 堕落論=Darakuron; 日本文化私観=Nihon Bunka Shikan; 空=Emptiness; 禅=Zen; 岡倉覚三=Okakura Kakuzo; 田村泰次郎=Tamura Taijiro; 日本主義=Nihon Shugi
AbstractThis article focuses on several key philosophical themes in the criticism of Sakaguchi Ango(1906-1955), one of postwar Japan's most influential and controversial writers. Associated with the underground katsutori culture as well as the Burai-ha of Tamura Taijirō(1911-1983), Oda Sakunosuke(1913-1947) and Dazai Osamu(1909-1948), Ango gained fame for two provocative essays on the theme of daraku or "decadence" --"Darakuron" and "Zoku darakuron" -- published in 1946, in the wake of Japan's traumatic defeat and the beginnings of the Allied Occupation. Less well known is the fact that Ango spent his student years studying classical Buddhist texts in Sanskrit, Pali and Tibetan, and that at one time he aspired to the priesthood. This article analyses the concept of daraku in the two essays noted above, particularly as it relates to Ango's vision of a refashioned morality based on an interpretation of human subjectivity vis-à-vis the themes of illusion and disillusion. It argues that, despite the radical and modernist flavor of Ango's essays, his "decadence" is best understood in terms of Mahāyāna and Zen Buddhist concepts. Moreover, when the two essays on decadence are read in tandem with Ango's wartime essay on Japanese culture("Nihon bunka shinkan," 1942), they form the foundation for a "post-metaphysical Buddhist critique of culture," one that is pragmatic, humanistic, and non-reductively physicalist.
Table of contentsIntroduction 226
The Dharma of Post-metaphysical Buddhism 227
Sakaguchi Ango 228
After the Fall: Kasutori Bunka and the Burai-ha 229
Decadence as Humanism 232
Ango's Buddhism: Contingency, Suffering & Liberation 234
Ango's Critique of Culture 236
Desire, Love & Humanity 239
Against Ghosts: From Dissolution to Disillusion 241
ISSN09150986 (P); 24343129 (E)
Created date2021.02.01
Modified date2021.02.03

Best viewed with Chrome, Firefox, Safari(Mac) but not supported IE


You are leaving our website for The full text resources provided by the above database or electronic journals may not be displayed due to the domain restrictions or fee-charging download problems.

Record correction

Please delete and correct directly in the form below, and click "Apply" at the bottom.
(When receiving your information, we will check and correct the mistake as soon as possible.)

Serial No.

Search History (Only show 10 bibliography limited)
Search Criteria Field Codes
Search CriteriaBrowse