The Japanese Spatial Expression

The Japanese spatial concept is experienced progressively through intervals of spatial designation.  In Japanese, ma the word for space suggests interval.  It is best described as a consciousness of place, not in the sense of an enclosed three-dimensional entity, but rather the simultaneous awareness of form and non-form deriving from an intensification of vision.

Ma is not something that is created by compositional elements; it is the thing that takes place in the imagination of the human who experiences these elements.  Therefore ma can be defined as experiential place understood with emphasis on interval.


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