After winter break I walked to the LGBT Center and entering Bolles House I saw the words WELCOME HOME! on the wall, making feel like I was back where I belonged.
It said WELCOME HOME!
The cold leaves body and heart.
Stairs leading me there.
This course began with the introduction of evanescence and form as being key components to Japanese culture. Evanescence is the idea that nothing stays the same and is contingent or dependent on something else (Lecture 1/15). An example of this is life, which is brief, fleeting, and unpredictable. Form creates structure and through that brings meaning to an ever-changing world. While it is difficult to grasp two conflicting ideas working together, an example is given through Mozart. “Without the tyranny of the four-bar phrase, would we have the brilliance of Mozart?”(Inouye 15). Evanescence and form come together in many great Japanese that are able to combine the tension between the two concepts. Our instructor is having us students write poems to help with the understanding of these two ideas. These are not ordinary poems, but ruled by the idea that “…there is less enjoyable truth in definitions than in moments of definition.”(Inouye 4). Furthermore, the class is taught about how animism’s affinity for nature and Buddhism’s path to enlightenment relate to Japan’s relation with evanescence and form. Lastly, we learned about key symbols like the cicada shell (representing this world) and the hakanasa (cherry blossoms), which represents evanescence.