2358 - All things beautiful...to Japanese eyes: Aesthetics
When the year's last cherry blossoms flutter to the ground, wistful sighs can be heard throughout Japan. Rough or misshapen tea bowls can elicit reverence and awe, and expanses of raked sand and rocks move admirers to quiet reverie. What fascinates the Japanese about things that may eventually wither, that are imperfect, or that are austere? How does the traditional Japanese love of simplicity explain or even exist in the modern world of “Hello Kitty”? This course will trace the development of Japanese concepts of beauty and aesthetics and follow how these ideals continue to permeate daily life as well as art. Together we will see how they shape Japan's cultural identity. The course may include participating in a Japanese tea ceremony at Duke Gardens as a "field trip." Lecture (plus Questions) Field Trip(s)
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