Thursday, May 15, 2008
Mono no Aware
For those of us new to this,this japanese concept implies a sense of ephemera, knowing how fleeting all things are, and how things that are transient are somehow more sadly beautiful. Evenescent beauty is what is captured.Mono no aware is the perspective of a tired, relaxed, even disappointed observer. The scholar Motoori Norinaga (1730–1801) invented this unique concept to define the essence of Japanese culture (the phrase derives from aware, which means “a sensitivity to things”). He believed that the Japanese encompassed the capacity to experience the objective world in a direct and unmediated fashion, to understand sympathetically the objects and the natural world around one without resorting to language or other mediators. This concept became the central aesthetic concept in Japan, even into the modern period, allowing the Japanese to understand the world directly by identifying themselves with that world. This is probably why sakura or cherry blossoms are so important to Japan.
I've been glued to the Japanese Writer Kazuo Ishiguro for quite a while now,he has iconically captured mono no aware,in Steven's (from "The Remains of the Day") eyes,in Kathy's (from "Never Let me Go") love.
Looking for a book to pick up? Ishiguro won't disappoint!