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post #1921 of 2411
I like the carpets I got off Overstock.com and Snoop Dog approves. (True story on the first, not so much on the second part).
post #1922 of 2411
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+1. There was a definite move towards austerity and asceticism in design from about the early 1500s onwards.

Interestingly, a lot of older Japanese temples, that now have a lovely, aged appearance and are just made from plain, undecorated wood, were originally very colourful as, when they were first built, they were painted in a variety of bright colours in the Chinese style.

Parts of the Tosho-gu complex at Nikko are still painted, as they would originally have been, in bright colours, and it's quite interested to see them in their original state. However, I must say that I prefer the simple, wooden look which prevails now, partially as a result of ageing and partially as a result of the shift towards austerity and asceticism.

Historical records, as well as some photos and pictures from the late 19th century, indicate that whilst Kinkaku-ji - the Temple of the Golden Pavilion - was originally covered (or at least partially covered) in gold leaf when it was first built in the late 1300s, it was pretty much devoid of gold leaf in the late 19th century and that when it was rebuilt after the fire in the 1950s, there was considerably more gold leaf and lacquer used in the reconstruction than had been used in the original structure!

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 that you can learn to appreciate on an intellectual level and, unlike many philosophies, they actually can provide you with some interesting aesthetic tools.
post #1923 of 2411
I particularly like the Japanese aesthetic philosophy of wabi-sabi. I think it's one of the reasons Japanese people tend to fetishize sprezzatura and dandyism, although I think wabi-sabi is infinitely more nuanced and noble than those rather vacuous Western vanities.
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I like the carpets I got off Overstock.com and Snoop Dog approves. (True story on the first, not so much on the second part).

That's Dogg.
post #1925 of 2411
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I like the carpets I got off Overstock.com and Snoop Dog approves. (True story on the first, not so much on the second part).

That's Dogg Lion.
post #1926 of 2411
In the most generalizing way, I think Japanese aesthetics are tendentially more about irregularity, a slight skewness and natural unbalance and about working with the natural growth of things while Chinese are traditionally maybe more linear, geometric and well defined. The Japanese city of Kyoto with its chess-board (see North American cities) layout was inspired by Xi'an/Chang'an etc. Of course this is only the most broad-brush take on it. Connected to it I have heard a theory saying that this non-concreteness, this allusive character of Japanese aesthetics also could derive from the fog- and cloud heavy nature of the island with all its incomputable insecurities, its volcanoes, tidal floods, cragged mountain-gorges and valleys with hardly a fertile stretch of land between, whereas the cultural birthplace of China had been the vast stretches of flat, unbroken land inside and south of the half-circle of the Yellow River...
post #1927 of 2411
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I like the carpets I got off Overstock.com.

If the venial sins of White People weren't so offensively benign, your mortal sin of Jonathan Franzen wouldn't have to exist.
post #1928 of 2411
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I particularly like the Japanese aesthetic philosophy of wabi-sabi. I think it's one of the reasons Japanese people tend to fetishize sprezzatura and dandyism, although I think wabi-sabi is infinitely more nuanced and noble than those rather vacuous Western vanities.

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.
post #1929 of 2411
An amusing story: after I had spent one and a half years studying in Japan I came back to Europe where I was invited to an authentic wabi-sabi Japanese style dinner party. We ate rice out of large, cut-off bamboo trunks and had some sweet sake. Although I had been already fluent in Japanese then, I had never heard the term wabi-sabi being used before I attended that party.
post #1930 of 2411
Indeed, I can hardly stop laughing.
post #1931 of 2411
Meaning that just as some ppl will think that some tentacle and sex anime and vending machines selling used underwear are representative of Japanese culture, they will also elevate certain fringe-words into a status that they don't presently possess.
post #1932 of 2411
Picture of the architecture I'd like to buy into if I'm going to go the newer construction route - this is also in TX although in the greater DFW area not Houston:



I think that some of the complaints Foo had regarding the TC home are absent in this layout.
post #1933 of 2411
Why is there a hole in the wall above the dining table?
post #1934 of 2411
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Why is there a hole in the wall above the dining table?

That's so your pet giraffe doesn't feel excluded.
post #1935 of 2411
This is the sort of inside, big-baller knowledge I come to StyFo to get.
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