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Japanese Aesthetics In The World

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Although this chapter titled "Japanese aesthetics in the world," author survey of the field of Japanese aesthetics will be limited to the West, mainly the United States and Europe. The idea of a "Japanese contemplative aesthetics" was also championed by Steven Heine who, in an article which appeared in the Eastern Buddhis in 1990 noticed the importance of the notion of "yūgen" in the explanation of the famous "A Dialogue on Language between a Japanese and an Inquirer" by Martin Heidegger. It is doubtful whether Japanese aesthetics in the twenty-first century should be reduced exclusively to the idea of "Superflat" recently advanced by the artist Murakami Takashi.

Keywords: Europe; Japanese aesthetics; United States



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