The subtle and the profound.
Yugen is at the core of the appreciation
and art in Japan. It values the power to evoke, rather
that the ability to state
directly. The principle of Yugen shows that real beauty
exists when, through its suggestiveness, only a few words, or few brush strokes, can suggest what has not been
said or shown, and hence
awaken many inner thoughts and feelings.
"Yugen is to watch the sun sink behind
a flower-clad hill, to wander on and on in a huge forest without thought
of return, to stand upon the shore and gaze after a boat
that disappears behind distant
islands, to contemplate the flight of wild geese seen and lost among the clouds."