Citations Yasunari Kawabata

„When we see the beauty of the snow, when we see the beauty of the full moon, when we see the beauty of the cherries in bloom, when in short we brush against and are awakened by the beauty of the four seasons, it is then that we think most of those close to us, and want them to share the pleasure.“

—  Yasunari Kawabata
Japan, the Beautiful and Myself (1969), Context: Dr. Yashiro Yukio, internationally known as a scholar of Botticelli, a man of great learning in the art of the past and the present, of the East and the West, has summed up one of the special characteristics of Japanese art in a single poetic sentence: "The time of the snows, of the moon, of the blossoms — then more than ever we think of our comrades." When we see the beauty of the snow, when we see the beauty of the full moon, when we see the beauty of the cherries in bloom, when in short we brush against and are awakened by the beauty of the four seasons, it is then that we think most of those close to us, and want them to share the pleasure. The excitement of beauty calls forth strong fellow feelings, yearnings for companionship, and the word "comrade" can be taken to mean "human being". The snow, the moon, the blossoms, words expressive of the seasons as they move one into another, include in the Japanese tradition the beauty of mountains and rivers and grasses and trees, of all the myriad manifestations of nature, of human feelings as well.

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„Because you cannot see him, God is everywhere.“

—  Yasunari Kawabata
As quoted by John Cheever in Home Before Dark: A Personal Memoir of John Cheever by His Daughter (1985) by Susan Cheever

„The train came out of the long border tunnel — and there was the snow country. The night had turned white.“

—  Yasunari Kawabata, Snow Country
Snow Country (1948), 国境のトンネルを越えると雪国であった。夜の底が白くなった。 First lines (as translated by Edward Seidensticker).

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