Thursday, January 22, 2015


The Old World

Yoshida Kenkō (c. 1283–c. 1352), Tsurezuregusa, no. 22, tr. Meredith McKinney in Kenkō and Chōmei, Essays in Idleness and Hōjōki (London: Penguin, 2013), p. 32:
One yearns for the old world in every way. Modern fashions just seem to grow more and more vulgar.

The most beautiful finely crafted wooden utensils are those from the old days. As for letters, those old ones on reused scraps are written in wonderful language. Everyday speech is also going from bad to worse.
Hat tip: Eric Thomson.

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