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    Otterbein University
   
 
  Nov 20, 2017
 
 
    
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

INST 2611 - Japan and the Beauty of Ambiguity

Hours: 4
“Boiling water, serving tea.” - Sen no Rikyu.  How is this an act of profound beauty?  And, in turn, what is considered beautiful in the context of tea.  In this course we seek to answer this question, by examining the artistic traditions of Japan, especially those influenced by Shinto and Zen Buddhism.  In the process, we will look at how the arts of Japan have developed over time, exerting considerable influence on Western art and in turn being influenced by principles from the West.  From the nature of gardens to the global reach of anime, we engage in the rich, diverse artistic visions of Japan.