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)