粋 Iki

 

 

粋 Iki

 

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Chic


Iki, often translated as “chic”, represents the dandyism of the Edo era.


Often displays of Iki are subtle but effective.


Placing a single camellia in a vase in a room, for instance, to give visitors a sense of peace and to indicate the season would qualify as Iki.


Iki is not just about matters of style.


Imagine that an Edo-era man committed a robbery to buy medicine for his sick mother and the judge trying the case found him a job instead of punishing him.


Here Iki consists of someone in authority understanding the needs of the common man.