As for individuals belonging to a group, institutions are also to be understood as social bodies which need the closest settlement to aggregate. Companies are physically alongside each other, interconnected to the point of being able to converse among themselves, the distance would mark guilty isolation, absenteeism from decision-making power.
Japan is not the only one with a rhythm ” aesthetic”, characterized by the movement back and forth between sobriety and exuberance aesthetics.
This type of contrast undoubtedly occurs in all cultures. Japan is a fascinating case study, however, because both traditions, sober and exuberant, have a long and rich history.
Some elements of both traditions have derivations indigenous, while others were imported from abroad.
The Japanese have managed to integrate both trends, without trying to integrate them into a homogeneous whole. Rather, the Japanese seem to take pleasure in this duality
(cit. David and Michiko Young)
“Well, what sort of man are you?
Come, make haste – begin – tell me your whole history.”
“My history!” I cried in alarm. “My history! But who has told you I have a history? I have no history…”
“Then how have you lived, if you have no history?” she interrupted, laughing. “Absolutely without any history! I have lived, as they say, keeping myself to myself, that is, utterly alone – alone, entirely alone. Do you know what it means to be alone?”