Through the Food52 feed, discovered Vera of The Moon In My Kitchen and her lovely blog (and Instagram). I’m smitten.
Mono no aware (物の哀れ?), literally “the pathos of things”, and also translated as “an empathy toward things”, or “a sensitivity to ephemera”, is a Japanese term for the awareness of impermanence (無常 mujō?), or transience of things, and both a transient gentle sadness (or wistfulness) at their passing as well as a longer, deeper gentle sadness about this state being the reality of life.Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu was well known for creating a sense of mono no aware, frequently climaxing with a character very understatedly saying “Ii tenki desu ne?” (いい天気ですね?, “Fine weather, isn’t it?”), after a familial and societal paradigm shift, such as a daughter being married off, against the backdrop of a swiftly changing Japan.