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粋 Iki

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.

 

粋とは、江戸時代に生じ、時代に従って変転した美意識で、遊興の場での心意気。
身なりや振る舞いが洗練されていること。
女性の色っぽさなどを表す語。
「いき」は、単純美への志向であり、庶民の生活から生まれてきた美意識。
(Wikipediaより)

 

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