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Mono no aware

Mono no aware
Mono no aware (物の哀れ?), literally "the pathos of things", and also translated as "an empathy toward things", or "a sensitivity to ephemera", is a Japanese term for the awareness of impermanence (無常, mujō?), or transience of things, and both a transient gentle sadness (or wistfulness) at their passing as well as a longer, deeper gentle sadness about this state being the reality of life. Origins[edit] The term was coined in the 18th century by the Edo period Japanese cultural scholar Motoori Norinaga and was originally a concept used in his literary criticism of The Tale of Genji, later applied to other seminal Japanese works including the Man'yōshū. It became central to his philosophy of literature and eventually to Japanese cultural tradition. Etymology[edit] The phrase is derived from the Japanese word mono (物?) In contemporary culture[edit] In the book A Lonely Resurrection by Barry Eisler, a character describes the concept of mono no aware as "the sadness of being human See also[edit]

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