Silence and Beauty

Silence and Beauty Endo S Silence Took Internationally Renowned Visual Artist Makoto Fujimura On A Pilgrimage Of Grappling With The Nature Of Art, The Significance Of Pain And His Own Cultural Heritage His Artistic Faith Journey Overlaps With Endo S As He Uncovers Deep Layers Of Meaning In Japanese History And Literature, Expressed In Art Both Past And Present He Finds Connections To How Faith Is Lived In Contemporary Contexts Of Trauma And Glimpses Of How The Gospel Is Conveyed In Christ Hidden Cultures In This World Of Pain And Suffering, God Often Seems Silent Fujimura S Reflections Show That Light Is Yet Present In Darkness, And That Silence Speaks With Hidden Beauty And Truth. This book is incredible Wow I ve just been blown away by Fujimura s insight on the Japanese culture, art, and spirit and how he weaves this into grace, Christ s death, and beauty I pretty much highlighted almost every part of this book I have so many ideas to ponder, ideas that are provocative, moving, and heartbreaking There is the aspect of gaining insight into the Japanese people and how they are trapped within their trauma, unable to escape, but all the while have the potential to share something unique and powerful with the world There is the aspect of seeing how this concept of silence is pregnant with hidden pain, but also a brokenness that can lead to healing There is defiance, there is sacrifice, there is trauma, there is beauty, there is the voice of God all wrapped up in this one concept silence This book was also about art and the power to bring healing to the cultures, and that so much resonated with my spirit Fujimura is a fellow warrior poet who understands the struggle of
I read this immediately after finishing Endo s Silence This book should be required reading for anyone interested in Silence or in how Japan and Christianity relate to one another He also advised Martin Scorsese before he directed the movie version of Silence, which should also be watched after reading Silence I
I actually ran out of sticky page markers and had to switch to post its before the end Sign of a book well read An absolutely transformative book that I will be reflecting upon for a very long time I really want to read his other books now. With the release of Martin Scorsese s movie this year, I wanted to reread Silence and also this examination of the novel by Fujimura, whose art I admire I m glad I did Fujimura s position as a Japanese American Christian artist gives him unique insight into Shusako Endo s motivations and perspectives in writing Silence things like the visual nature of Japanese culture, the importance of never standing out, the fact that even the Japanese word used for Christianity designates it as an outsider culture All these things illuminate and expand on the complexities of Endo s novel and Fujimura explains them well The main
Summary A layered reflection on Shusako Endo s Silence by a Japanese American artist that explores the Christian experience of persecution in Japan, and the connections between silence, suffering, and beauty, that may draw contemporary Japanese to faith.It is said that you cannot judge a book by its cover Yet my very first encounter with this book suggested I was in for something special as I looked at a cover with a pure white background, a couple of Japanese characters, and a translucent dust jacket with the the words Silence and Beauty superimposed on those characters I opened the book to find inside papers that I believe are a work of the artist author And what I found between the covers was a profound reflection upon Shusako Endo s Silence.Makoto Fujimura is an internationally renown artist who paints in the ancient Japanese technique of nihonga, which involves the pulverizing of various minerals mixed into a binder and applied in as many as one hundred layers onto art papers He begins his work by describing his encounter with Endo s work having a similar pulverizing effect in his life as he encountered the suffering of Christian martyrs and the attempt to shame apostatizers by having them walk on fumi e bronze images of the crucified Christ, or the Virgin Mary The novel revolves around Father Rodrigues, who struggles between martyrdom, and saving others from suffering by walking on fumi e, and the interior struggle wit
Every creative act can be a sacramental act to reach the divine and bridge the divide and brokenness created in society 209 Silence and Beauty is a fascinating, thoughtful, wonderful book Mako uses Endo s novel Silence, and Scorcese s film version, as a starting point to talk about history, Christianity, and Japanese culture He also shares glimpses of his own journey in America and Japan.As part of this meandering in a good way musing, Mako presents an excellent explanation for why the visual arts struggle to find a place in American churches He suggests that the many Christians who make black and white judgments about others, especially in regard to failures of faith have created a context in which artists sense the disappearance of margins, cultural estuaries where they can be allowed to explore the confluence of the ambiguous on the beautiful, and where the reality of faith is always shifting 81 82 I find that to be really helpful, the idea of cultural estuaries where the arts thrive, and the fact that the Western obsessions with order, structure, and clarity reduce that space, and thus reduce the ways in which artists might contribute to the Christian life of a community.It was a surprise at the end of the book that Mako moves the discussion to his hopes and dreams for Japan in the fut
Short Review Silence and Beauty is a profound reflection on the book Silence by Shusaku Endo, the role of art and beauty in Christianity, and a reflection of the impact of Christianity on the culture of Japan I am not going to say tons about it now because I have purchase the paperback copy of Silence I listened to it on audiobook the last time I read it and I am going to reread Silence and Beauty again Seriously, this is an excellent book As a side note, I purchase the hardcover because I was encouraged to get it that way It has a nice dust jacket and full color images in the center I re purchased the Kindle edition because I prefer ebooks and I want to highlight passages for help in writing another review The Kindle edition has the images in line with where they are talked about in the text And if you are r
Wonderful Fujimura makes the fumi e the center of Japanese culture in a compelling and extended argument and illustration The reality of human trauma, the hidden nature of broken faith, and the beauty of silence are an unfolding plan that we can only access through this cult
Silence is beauty beauty is silent. Probably I should read it again It intrigued me than it enlightened me Ambiguity is close to the theme of the book, and Fujimura s thoughts about ambiguity tend toward the ambiguous Others may feel at home here He opened the window into Japanese culture wider for me, drawing connections between a past of failed Christianity and forced silence to the ambiguity, ambivalence, and passivity which he notes in the Japanese spirit Little space is given to critique he supports Japanese culture, seeing in the ambiguity itself a unique world of meaning, expressed in a distinct art The book is not primarily about Japan s history and art, either to critique or support, but that world, and Shusaku Endo s novel Silence in particular, is a context for the broader themes It is hard to say what the theme or thesis of the book is The martyrs are honored by the church, but what of the suffering apostates those who outwardly betrayed Christ but inwardly still believed Here hiddenness is something different from living in catacombs, and silence includes stepping on the fumie, a cross symbol made for the purpose The method of the book is not to bring together the two sides of the many contradictions it deals in, but to inhabit the spaces in between Something like this space is what is meant by silence It does not intend to be rigorously analytical Images and themes are folded together, creating a mood of coherence, without actually relating ideas together in

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  • Hardcover
  • 263 pages
  • Silence and Beauty
  • Makoto Fujimura
  • 28 August 2019
  • 9780830844593