Japanese Aesthetics

Nowadays Japanese culture, traditions, and aesthetics are becoming popular around the world. Some aspects of Japanese culture, such as flower arrangement, martial arts, haiku, and tea ceremony, attract more and more people outside Japan.

Nowadays Japanese culture, traditions, and aesthetics are becoming popular around the world. Some aspects of Japanese culture, such as flower arrangement, martial arts, haiku, and tea ceremony, attract more and more people outside Japan. In this essay, I will demonstrate the connection between haiku and moral dimension of Japanese aesthetics. To prove my point of view, I will use the article by the Japanese professor of philosophy, Yuriko Saito.

Haiku poetry was originally created in Japan and was later embraced by many other nations and languages. Haiku is a beautiful short poem which is written in a sensual language to describe an image or feeling. In haiku, the authors often try to express a swift-flowing moment of beauty or a detail of the nature that inspires them. Poems usually focus on an element of the surrounding environment that is connected to the human condition or emotion. Haiku can be considered a kind of meditation that transfers an image or a feeling without analyzing or judging it. The main purpose of haiku poetry is to perceive the entity of nature by penetrating into it and recognizing oneself as a part of it. According to Saito, to be able to become a part of nature, people have to get over their feelings and attitudes and value the things as they are .

The appreciation of small elements of nature, which is typical for haiku poetry, illustrates the Japanese perception of aesthetics and beauty. For example, haiku writers admire such simple things as raindrops falling on the green tree leaves or a flower bending in the wind. It shows not only the aesthetical side of Japanese culture, but demonstrates people appreciating and respecting nature. Acceptance of the world's beauty as it is without criticizing and trying to change it is the primary principle of Japanese art. It is reflected in the moral dimension of everyday life as an ability to accept people's opinions without imposing a personal point of view upon them. In her work, Yuriko Saito says about the perception of a moral dimension, If prerequisites for our moral life include understanding, appreciating, and respecting others ' reality, the capacity to experience and appreciate things on their own terms can contribute to applying this principle. Saito states that people are encouraged to accept and value not only the things they like and treasure, but the variety of all objects. Such a deferential attitude towards the things is peculiar to all aspects of Japanese art and takes its roots in the Buddhist overcoming of ego.

In sum, it is possible to say that everything in life is interconnected. I share the professors point of view about the connection between haiku poetry and a moral dimension of Japanese aesthetics. People often get caught up by the daily routine to the extent that they do not notice and, as a result, cannot appreciate the beauty of nature. In my opinion, people who do not value and do not care about nature and its beauty are not able to truly love and appreciate each other. Japanese aesthetics contributes splendid traditions and varied examples of moral dimension to the peoples lives. Haiku is a perfect example of how to learn to accept and appreciate nature. The world around people exists in balance and harmony. If a small part were taken out of it, the balance would be destroyed. Every element that might look insignificant has its place and plays its role in the symphony of life.

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Monica is the author at https://essaysleader.com/essays/what-makes-life-meaningful/ She always dreamed of working in this position, working with texts and new information. After all, her credo in life is to develop daily in different fields and be an interesting person. She is fluent in three languages and holds a Masters Degree in Philology and Translator, and is also trying to master new fields in order to be knowledgeable in everything.

 


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