Talk:Japanese aesthetics

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My edits, LezJ[edit]

I came to this page because the page on Enso had a request for edits - references etc. In doing that, I felt to understand Enso one had to have a glimmer of the ideals and notions in Japanese aesthetics and came here to find that this page was a bit thin too and it had requests for edits. I have tried to make this netshell do the work I thought necessary for understanding why the enso is such a powerful and ubiquitous symbol. To do this I have added references, re-ordered the text, and placed bridges between the sections. It seemed important to expand the explanations of Wabi-Sabi and Yugen and to make their role in the culture more clear. Thus, I hope the page is more informative, and has made it not only is easier to see the relevance Geido and Iki (both expanded) but also to see their distinctiveness from each other and the more general aesthetic ideals. There are many excellent pages on the Japanese arts and culture and I hope this page will now stand a little better on its own but also be a better portal to those deeper and longer pages. What I have been trying to do is make this interesting a bit deeper and a spring board to other entries. I have found it difficult not to go deeply into each part. That tempations has been resisted because we would lose the oversight that is needed by many readers. And, greater depth in almost any part would mean overlapping with other entries.

I am not sure this is what was intended when the request further work was made on the site. I hope it has done the trick. I love some of the pages in Japan in Wikipedia and thought it a pity that this page wasn't exapanded a bit and had some interesting stuff that wasn't really helpful to the average reader. —Preceding unsigned comment added by LezJ (talkcontribs) 16:04, 7 December 2008 (UTC)

NPOV + A poor article[edit]

This is not a neutral point of view. It simply talks down about Western culture without detailing what a Japanese aesthetic actually is. I don't see the purpose of this article given that is so poor. --LegalThreatsAndAttacks 00:37, 14 April 2006 (UTC)

LegalThreatsAndAttacks's claim does not make sense. There is no talking down about Western culture here. It simply explains how the Japanese aesthetic works. If you know what "a Japanese aesthetic actually is," you should help improve the article instead of blaming. This is a STUB at this stage. by anonymous

It is definitely a neutral article. There is no condescension. I think Legal may be mis-reading the article. -K — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:33, 9 October 2014 (UTC)

Lack of context?[edit]

Yes, this article is quite stubby and in need of expansion. But I don't think it lacks context. The title in itself should be enough context to allow the average reader access to the subject. "Hm, what's Japanese aesthetics?" "Oh, it's the aesthetics of Japan." What kind of contextual explanation are you looking for? LordAmeth 04:19, 28 July 2006 (UTC)

What has aesthetics got to do with words. Aesthetics is visual, yugens are mainly oral and read and there for thought. User:lady-shirakawa

Firstly, Yūgen (幽玄) is not mainly oral, and not there just for thought. Translated most commonly as "Grace", or something similar, Yūgen represents a perfectly ordered beauty and grace, and plays a role in Noh, in the lives of geisha, and in many other aspects of visual arts.

Secondly, aesthetics, just like any other subject, is described by words. Words like yugen and iki and others that describe a particular taste in style or design. If these things are not to be discussed here, then where? LordAmeth 10:19, 18 November 2006 (UTC)


I fixed the context issue, added citations where needed and added on to the article(as well as took parts off). This article is still very a much a stub however; feel free to change my edits where needed. Thanks. --Michelleem 03:37, 2 April 2007 (UTC)