Originally Posted by LabelKing
I'm living in China now but I wouldn't say I'm overly familiar with Japanese aesthetics. I do find it quite fascinating though. It's extremely refined to the point of oppression.
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 scroll painted in Hong Kong versus one done in Japan even when the artist is trying to copy the Japanese style. Unfortunately, the Cultural Revolution was a success as it managed to completely destroy traditional Chinese culture in China proper so we will never know how it might have developed.
Originally Posted by Manton
Which is truly fucking hysterical
I've been there many times and I don't doubt that it was once, and could be again, the near equal of Yosemeti Valley. But if you morons get rid of it you should depopulate Teh City first because you will never be able to replace that supply. Ever.
This has been going on for several years now and it cracks me up. Some people won't be happy until we have returned to hunting and gathering. Well, gathering, anyway, as we would all be vegetarians.