Nov 14, 2002

the aesthetics of aesthetics
Since Chiara has gotten back from Aix-in-Province, she’s gotten so many letters from her ex-classmates especially those from Japan. The other day she was reading some of the latter in front of me and I was amazed at the care that had been taken in composing them. They were miniature works of art. It surprised me as I’ve often thought the present day Japanese to be somewhat kitsch in their tastes--the belief coming from anime and the long queues of Japanese in front of Prada on Via Condotti. But the aesthetics of Chiara's letters shouldn’t have surprised me. In my research for ikastikos , I’ve often come across various Japanese philosophies relating to Daily Aesthetics--ikebana, wabi sabi, tea cerimonies, haiku, Sumi-e painting, notan, calligraphy, rock gardens, etc. Maybe it was the transition from those beautiful woodcuts to anime that had me disoriented (although there are similarities because the black out line of cartoon drawings is really just an extention of the black contours of a woodcut).
And I’ve noticed that there are a number of weblogs that have, in some way, A Japanese Connection. These are the ones I read on a regular basis: Synthetic Zero, GmtPlus9, Consumptive and Geisha Asobi.


Japanese wall art Via plep--
son of a Samurai, Kyosai became a painter, printmaker and illustrator-- The Ruth & Sherman Lee Institute for Japanese Art-- the essence of Japanese aesthetics is also an endearing quality of the American Southwes via plep--Sumi-e, or Japanese brush and ink painting--
Sumi-e--Japanese garden-- NOTAN: The Dark/Light Principle of Design-- Teaching Japanese Aesthetics-- Interpreting Japanese aesthetics-- Japanese Aesthetics and the Garden-- Japanese Aesthetics As Seen In Contemporary Art-- Noh Theatre-- Problems of Interpretation-- The beauty of abstractions-- A pillow book is "a list of elegant things that makes one's heart beat faster." ... The Pillow Book of Sei Shônagon--Teaching The Pillow Book--the pillow book of jason pettus--The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon --The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon Fribble--Extracts from The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon--THE THIRTEEN BOOKS WRITTEN ON SKIN--The Tale of Genji --The Pillow Book of Sei Shônagon --The Pillow-Book of Sei Shonagon--Ladies in Rivalry ----Pillow Book Series & Kimonos --The Life of Sei ShonagonSei Shônagon is almost as famous as Murasaki --"I will make you a list of Exquisite things." - the Pillow Book, 10th century -- emily ford's pillow book--THE PILLOW BOOK OF SPRING AND LAUGHTER--The Lists of a Lady-in-Waiting --Written on the body--The Pillow Book is a quite stunning film. --The Pillow Book of Lady Wisteria --Only Shojo Gif Animate Anime-- Via geisha-- --Anime nation-- Weblogs: the pillow book-- gaiJin world--Hmmn--hunkaButta--shikencho--mookie, burnin up the bandwidth--The Peter Payne Homepage
AISTHESIS: Aesthetics of the Senses--›Aisthesis‹, ›Ekstasis‹, and ›Askesis‹. ---Les ateliers d'Ebénisterie d'art Aisthésis --Aesthetics Beyond Aesthetics--HERMENEUTIC ONTOLOGY -- BEAUTY (peri tou kalou). --Aisthesis, Mnemesis, the Mind, Understanding, the Mental Image--The Greek word aisthesis translates as "sense perception" --knitting from japan
shunga--Shunga, or "images of spring," are erotic polychrome engravings painted by the masters of the Japanese Ukiyo-e artists --Japanese Shunga Prints--shunga--S H U N G A M E N U --Japanese Shunga print --'Ukiyoe' and Japanese 'shunga'--SHUNGA means "Image of Spring"--"Shunga" is the Japanese term for the erotic art that often appeared in pillow books that were given to newly married couples

...so what if I give Pierluigi A PILLOW BOOK for Christmas? Or a LOVE PILLOW (via Geisha)?

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