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Five Words for the Day


The Japanese aesthetic Fūryū (風流) was derived from the Chinese word fengliu, which literally translated meant "good deportment" or "manners". After its "importation" to Japan in the eight century, the word came to refer more directly to the refined tastes of a cultivated person and to things what were associated with such people. When applied in a more aesthetic sense, the word fūryū took on a reference to the refined, even elegant behavior of an sophisticated person. As time went on, the word was applied to all things that were regarded as elegant, sophisticated, stylish, or artistic.

"These extremely untranslatable Japanese words denote the four basic moods of furyu, that is, of the general atmosphere of Zen “taste” in its perception of the aimless moments of life." - Alan Watts


The term sabi occurs often in the 万葉集 (Manyōshū, "Collection of Ten Thousand Leaves", the oldest existing collection of Japanese poetry, compile…