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2010/03/12

絶対秘仏と日本人

毎日ウィークリー 2010年3月13日号

茂木健一郎 絶対秘仏と日本人

3)  Hidden Buddha

■ 視覚に訴える文化

We live in a predominantly visual world, and Japan is no exception. Our preoccupation with the visual is very evident in today's Tokyo. If you walk along the streets of Akihabara, the famous electric town, at night, you are welcomed by a flood of neon signs and vividly colored advertising boards. Taking the Yamanote Line, an important commuter railroad operated by Japan Railway East, you can witness the latest state‐of‐the‐art video programs and commercials on the train, delivered to you on the small but clear LCD screens installed in the cars.
Given the ubiquitous visual information overflow in Tokyo and elsewhere in this country, you would have thought that being visually explicit is a Japanese manifesto. And yet, there is quite another tradition of polar sensitivities, a gem in Japanese culture.

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3月 12, 2010 at 04:15 午後 |