The Structure of Iki

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The Structure of Iki
The Structure of Iki, Japanese edition.jpg
Cover of the Japanese edition
Author Shūzō Kuki
Original title Iki no kōzō
Translator John Clark
Country Japan
Language Japanese
Subject Japanese taste
Published 1930
Media type Print (Hardcover and Paperback)
Pages 168 (2011 Power Publications edition)
ISBN 978-0909952303

The Structure of Iki (「いき」の構造 Iki no kōzō?) is a 1930 book about the aesthetics of Japanese taste by Shūzō Kuki.[1]


Kuki argues that the Edo ideal of iki or "chic" has a threefold structure representing the fusion of the "amorousness" (bitai) of the Geisha, the "valor" (ikuji) of the samurai, and the "resignation" (akirame) of the Buddhist priest.[2]

Scholarly reception[edit]

The work for which Kuki is best known,[3] The Structure of Iki is often regarded as the most creative work in modern Japanese aesthetics.[4] Graham Parkes has praised the work for its subtlety.[5]



  1. ^ Parkes 2005. p. 458.
  2. ^ Odin 1999. pp. 449-450.
  3. ^ Parkes 2005. p. 458.
  4. ^ Odin 1999. pp. 449-450.
  5. ^ Parkes 2005. p. 458.


  • Odin, Steve (1999). Audi, Robert, ed. The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-63722-8. 
  • Parkes, Graham (2005). Honderich, Ted, ed. The Oxford Companion to Philosophy. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-926479-1.