The Japanese concept Ut-su-roi locates beauty at the moment when it is altered. It implies an acceptance of flux and of transition, for it means it is not the beauty of the cherry blossom that gives the highest pleasure but the knowledge of its evanescence.The fugitive emptiness between one palpable state and another. The shadows leaping lack of substance. The ephemeral dappling of light under trees. Variations that are undone on the instant – all these answer to the idea Utsuroi. It depends on an understanding that time is not linear nor one event after another in a chain, but an overlapping sequence of the same shapes and a shaken kaleidoscope.’ Marina Warner: Joan of Arc: The Image of Female Heroism (See another link to this quote)

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