My mind continues to swim in Japanese lore…maybe it always has done. A friend provided this wiki-distillate of mono no aware ~ paraphrased ~ a pathos or empathy toward physical things and a wistful awareness of transience.
mono no aware (もののあはれ) ~ ‘the ah-ness of things’ or ‘an empathy toward things’ or ‘a sensitivity to ephemera’Wikipedia ~ Link
It will probably already be clear from preceding posts, I am afflicted with もののあはれ (mono no aware) to the point it verklempts me even to type about it.
My friend, for context, lives on a boat and though he has not said so, I suspect his mono no aware ties in closely with his beloved seafaring 47 foot home. I still find gravity in that last sentence, but friend has clarified ~ he ‘finds mono no aware generally in life and experiences’ a sort of melancholy and appreciation of beauty in transience.
For my part, I seek objects with a spiritual weight and history to them. I make a practice of attaching a form of worship in the understanding that many of these objects will linger well past the moment I am gone. This sense offers a sort of emotional significance in place and time, a sentimentality that comforts. Nearly every piece of my home has some gravity akin to this for me ~ even if it derives only from the pragmatism of repeated use.
Random idea ~
I want to open a beer and cider only pub called Falstaff’s Knee. The sign will be a full bent and greaved left leg with the words extending off the kneecap.
Patrons will refer to being at Falstaff’s Knee as being ‘on’ in stead of being ‘in’ or ‘at’
We will stock ketchup and hp sauce in glass bottles and they will all be intentionally half full.
If this idea appeals and you are a multi-millionaire with money to invest wildly (all the millionaires read this blog) and want to provide seed money with no creative control and no expectation of return, please do reach out to me.
I make a weekly 19 track playlist of songs that are sticking in mind. This week’s featuring The Pointer Sisters, LCD Soundsystem, Arlo Parks and 16 others can be found here:
Please note, while I am a complete Spotify addict, I make an effort to by physical copies (vinyl, tapes, cd’s) of the albums I rely on in order to support artists more directly and you should too ~