Yūgen, the final frontier

Yūgen (幽玄) is an important concept in traditional Japanese aesthetics. The exact translation of the word depends on the context. In the Chinese philosophical texts the term was taken from, yūgen meant “dim”, “deep” or “mysterious”. In the criticism of Japanese waka poetry, it was used to describe the subtle profundity of things that are only vaguely suggested by the poems.

Yūgen is said to mean “a profound, mysterious sense of the beauty of the universe… and the sad beauty of human suffering”.

Yūgen suggests that beyond what can be said but is not an allusion to another world. It is about this world, this experience.

(Ortolani, 325). Ortolani, Benito. The Japanese Theatre. Princeton University Press: Princeton, 1995

Enjoy these moments of yūgen:

Witch Head Nebula and Rigel

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Horse Head Nebula (IC 434) and M42

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Simeis 147

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nebula NGC 2170

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Andromeda (M31)

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Messier 33

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Messier 31

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The Pleiades (M45)

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M45 – The Pleiades

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M45 – The Pleiades

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Flaming Star Nebula (IC 405), M38 and the Tadpoles

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Widefield Rosette and Cone nebulas

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 Orion, from Head to Toes

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Blue Horsehead

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Astrophotography by Rogelio Bernal Andreo
SOURCE: veinesnoires via [thinx]

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