Vocabulary of Japan Aesthetics07-01-2019
Japan aesthetics is immence source of inspiration for a modern jazz performer or artist, which can extend its toolset with vocabulary of ancient terms, describing Art of Beauty.
- wabi - transient and stark beauty, understated elegance
- wabi-sabi is a world view centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection, based on:
- fukinsei (不均斉) - asymmetry, irregularity
- kanso (簡素) - simplicity
- koko (考古) - basic, weathered
- shizen (自然) - without pretense, natural
- yugen (幽玄) - subtly profound grace, not obvious
- datsuzoku (脱俗) - unbounded by convention, free
- seijaku (静寂) - tranquility, silence
- ma - a profound space or void from which the next note is 'born' or arises
- ura-byōshi - the silences in music that are alluded to by musical notes
- mono no aware - “the sadness of things”
- yugen - profound, remote, mysterious
- miyabi (雅) - highest grace, elegance, refinement, courtliness
- shibui (渋い) - beauty of simple, subtle, and unobtrusive beauty
- Iki - refined spontaneity, it suggests that people and objects are more attractive when they have a creative and unpredictable quality that is constrained by culture.
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