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That's the expression I was trying to think of earlier. It is kind of hard to translate. But wabi means something like harmony/balance and simplicity. Part of that is "less is more". Sabi is more complicated. IIRC, it connotes transience or sometimes imperfection. It is hard to explain but these two concepts are linked. So an Ikebana is sabi but so is an old teapot.
It was probably Bloomberg.
Certainly, Japanese aesthetics has always been a work in progress. I think it's particularly interesting how they developed in a bubble for 250 years without any outside influences. The "austerity" developed over time as did its meaning. Japanese aesthetics had -- has -- a serious and coherent philosophical basis. That philosophical basis isn't something that comes naturally to me. To be honest, I find the Zen bits to be mostly gibberish. But there are other parts...
Don't foo yourself. You do care about the story. You just care about the particular bits of the story that you care about.Imagine two identical carpets. Each is handmade and each has the same level of craftsmanship. Each uses undyed wool, etc. Just looking at the carpets, you cannot tell anything else about them except that they are nice hand-knotted carpets made up in the Beni Ourain style.Now suppose you know that one of these carpets was made in India in a workshop...
I'm sure you look very charming.
Unless it is a carpet.
I think that pretty much describes Japanese culture generally.But I do quite like the Japanese aesthetic. It has a coherent philosophy that allows you to apply its principles in moderation and in unexpected contexts. For example, you can make a room "more Japanese" without making it Japanese at all.By contrast, Chinese art is much more exuberant and, to me, less attractive. Japanese and Chinese art are obviously close kin but you can still almost always spot a hanging...
Hey. Wait a minute. Wasn't this built in like 1950?Seriously, though, you are probably much more familiar with Japanese stuff than I am as I think you live there now. But wouldn't you say the above is exceptional and largely limited to what were public spaces? IIRC, the Japanese even have particular words for their interior decor concepts that translate to something like "simplicity" and "harmony".
Who knew? I thought all the Iranian expats lived in Southern California. I am going to have to check that out next time I am in the area. Sound like a great environment for carpet buyers and a lousy one for sellers!
+1010100Scented candles, advice, for the display of. I take back all my suspicions about Foo not having a sense of humor.
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