Dark Blue Shino Jar C
Height : 19.6 cm
Diameter : 18.7 cm
Hiroshi SAKAI Profile
I have created by the technique of “Shino” the representative Mino pottery with tradition, and I would like to create a “Shino” which seems to be…
Q:I'm interested in knowing more of this peculiar Japanese concept of beauty, both classic and contemporary. Is there any other unique Japanese words describing arts & aesthetics that you can share? Thanks.
9 Elements of Japanese Aesthetics
1. “Imperfection”: Wabi-sabi (侘寂) is the beauty of things that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete”.
Wabi is the quality of a rustic, yet refined, solitary beauty. Sabi means things whose beauty stems from age - the patina of age, and the concept that changes due to use may make an object more beautiful and valuable.
As things come and go, they show signs of their coming or going and these signs are considered to be beautiful.
Sakura 桜 (cherry blossoms) in spring or Koyo 紅葉 (autumn colors) in fall represents wabi-sabi - they are aesthetically pleasing because they don’t last.
2. “Elegance”: Miyabi (雅) is about elegance, refinement, or courtliness. Sometimes refers to a “heart-breaker”, Miyabi demanded the elimination of anything that was absurd or vulgar.
Kinkaku-ji 金閣寺(Temple of the Golden Pavilion) in Kyoto, Japan.
3. “Subtle”: Shibui (渋い) or shibusa (渋さ) is a simple, subtle, and unobtrusive beauty. It means that things are more beautiful when they speak for themselves.
A Bizen sake carafe. The beauty of it doesn’t need announcement; its quality speaks for itself. It involves the maturity, complexity, history, and patina that only time can bring.
4. “Originality”: Iki (粋) is about a refined uniqueness. It is an expression of simplicity, sophistication, spontaneity, and originality. Iki is also about originality, uniqueness and spontaneity that is more audacious and unselfconscious while still remaining measured and controlled.
Kimonos were simple and minimal, often striped and coloured to deep shades of blues and greys on the surface. However, the insides were lined with opulent silk, designed so that only the sophisticated could recognise their secret luxury.
On the other hand, a geisha 芸者 also embodies Iki - they are beautiful, sophisticated but they don’t have the intention to stand out. They combine sassiness with innocence, sexiness with restraint.
5. “Slow, accelerate, end”: Jo-ha-kyū (序破急) infers a tempo that begins slowly, accelerates, and then ends swiftly.
The idea of jo-ha-kyū is used by Japanese traditional arts such as tea ceremony and martial arts.
6. “Mysterious”: Yūgen (幽玄) triggers feelings too deep and mysterious for words. It shows that real beauty exists when, through its suggestiveness, only a few words, or few brush strokes, can suggest what has not been said or shown, and hence awaken many inner thoughts and feelings.
The Dragon of Smoke Escaping from Mt Fuji (Katsushika Hokusai 葛飾 北斎)
7. “Discipline and Ethics”: Geidō (芸道) refers to the various traditional Japanese arts disciplines: Noh (能) (theater), kadō (華道)(Japanese flower arrangement), shodō (書道) (Japanese calligraphy), Sadō (茶道) (Japanese tea ceremony), and yakimono (焼物) (Japanese pottery). All of these disciplines carry an ethical and aesthetic connotation and teach an appreciation of the process of creation.
Hence, ethics and discipline make things more attractive.
Japanese martial arts aren’t about the result: defeating your enemy. They’re about the path that gets you there. They see no value in a short cut — even when the end result is the same.
Japanese tea ceremony: A cup of tea is trivial compared with the process of making, serving and consuming the tea. The process is the art.
8. “The Void”: Ensō (円相) means “circle”. It is a form of the art of minimalism common in Japanese designs and aesthetics. It symbolizes absolute enlightenment, strength, elegance, the Universe, and the void.
In Zen Buddhist painting, ensō symbolizes a moment when the mind is free to simply let the body/spirit create.
At first glance, an ensō may appear to be just a circle. But its symbolism represents the spiritual growth of the artist – the brushwork, which include dragging, pressing, and sweeping techniques, reveals the depth of enlightenment he/she has reached up to that point. “It is said to be a picture of the mind” explains award winning calligrapher Shoho Teramoto, “because the circle projects one’s mind directly.”
9. “Cute”: Kawaii (かわいい) is the quality of cuteness in the context of Japanese culture. It has become a prominent aspect of Japanese popular culture, entertainment, clothing, food, toys, personal appearance, behavior, and mannerisms.
Nippon Airways’ Pokemon Jet.
Kawaii in Japanese sushi.
Nakamura Contemporary Japanese Ceramics
PLATE 324, Hand Carved Ceramic Wall Plate, 22 x 22 x 2
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Kруговорот - Mesmerizing Clay Patterns
A Spinning Mosaic of Patterns Drawn with Wet Clay on a Potter’s Wheel.
Famous Russian potter Mikhail Sadovnikov shows his unique ability to create magic images using a simple potter’s wheel in a mesmerizing performance.
Blurring the line between visual and performance art, he creates stunning pattern after pattern, using nothing more than his hands and the spinning of the wheel.
Have a look at the video, It’s very optical and relax. Such a good performance.
iSketchnote iPad Cover Digitizes Your Sketches
In: Apple Gadgets, Cool Gadgets
You like using your pen to sketch on paper? Then you may like to digitize your sketches and notes from your notebook to iPad via iSketchnote iPad cover for iPad 3 and iPad 4.
iSketchnote is a revolutionary smart iPad cover designed to offer you an easy way to convert your handwriting into digital notes. As we can see from the images, the iPad cover takes folio-style design, one side can hold your iPad, another side features a built-in sensor matrix that can recognize and track their custom-designed pens in real time, not only the paths but also colors. All you need to do is just put your notebook on the panel, starting to sketch, while iSketchnote will automatically digitize your sketches and store them into your iPad for convenient storing or sharing. Apart from that, when your iPad disconnects with iSketchnote, using 4GB SD card the digitizer can also store at least 100 pages, and its built-in 3000mAh rechargeable battery offers more than 300 hours of drawing time. After the break, check out the following demo video first.
At present the team of iSketchnote is raising fund at Kickstarter. Pledging $149 will let you own the innovative iPad cover. If you’re interested, jump to Kickstarter or iSketchnote official site for more details.