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shintô Virtues – 06 / 12 / 2014
makoto まこと
(truth, reality, sincerity, honesty, fidelity, integrity)

❖ Sincerity
myôjô みょうじょう 明淨
myô (bright, light)
jô (pure, clean, unspoiled)

❖ Brightness – cheerfulness
seichoku せいちょく 正直
shôjiki しょうじき
sei (correct, righteous)
choku (straight, honest, frank)

shô (correct, righteous)
jiki (straight, honest, frank)

❖ Integrity – right and straight
nao. なお
(straight, honest, frank)
ma.gari まがり 曲がり
ma.gari (curvature, warp, bend, injustice, fault, curve, crooked, perverse)
jiki じき
iki いき
(style, purity, essence, pith)

iki Aesthetic – An expression of simplicity, sophistication, spontaneity, and originality
❖ It is ephemeral, romantic, straight forward, measured, audacious, smart, and unselfconscious
❖ It is not overly refined, pretentious, complicated, showy, slick, coquettish, or, generally, cute
❖ At the same time, iki may exhibit any of those traits in a smart, direct, and unabashed manner
mikansei みかんせい 未完成
mi (un-)
kan (perfect, completion, end)
sei (turn into, become, get, grow, elapse, reach)

❖ Incompletion; incomplete; unfinished
❖ A Japanese aesthetic
wabi-sabi わびさび 侘寂
wabi (proud, lonely)
sabi (loneliness, quietly, mellow, mature)

wabi-sabi Aesthetic – Centered on the acceptance of transience
❖ It is sometimes described as beauty that is "imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete"
❖ Characteristics of wabi-sabi include asymmetry, asperity, simplicity, modesty, intimacy, and the suggestion of natural processes
sei-mei せいめい 清明
sei (pure, purify, cleanse, exorcise)
mei (bright, light)

❖ Purity and brightness
❖ Cheerfulness of kokoro (heart)
❖ Also called sei-mei-shin
sei-mei-shin せいめいしん 清明心
sei (pure, purify, cleanse, exorcise)
mei (bright, light)
shin (heart, mind, spirit)

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