The notion of Omote and Ura // La notion d’Omote et Ura

Version française en dessous. The notion of Omote and Ura Too often translated in the West (in particular in the martial arts) as: something and its opposite, the notions of Omote and Ura are indissociable. Omote is the part that is visible, Ura the part that is hidden. Far from talking about opposition, we are…

The Notion of Ma-Ai // La notion de Ma-Ai

Version française en dessous The Notion of Ma-Ai The classical translation of the Japanese term Ai is harmony. The legendary politeness of the Japanese is one of the representations of this additional element of Japanese culture. It is very important for the Japanese to read, understand and feel the state of mind of their interlocutors.…

The Notion of “Ma” // La notion du « ma »

Version française en dessous. The Notion of “Ma” Ma is a primordial notion in Japanese culture and a leading principle in the Arts. “Fundamentally, Ma is the interval which necessarily exists between two things which succeed each other: whence the idea of a pause.” (in Augustin Berque, 1982). In the West, space is represented in…