14-1   Simplicity : Simplicity is associated with qualities such as austere, unadorned, and plain, as in the clean straight lines of the interior of a Japanese room.
  14-2   Implicitness : Implicitness refers to the intrinsic meaningfulness something must have it is to avoid being superficial, as in the Zen garden of Ryoanji Temple in Kyoto.
  14-3   Modesty : The shibui article does not asserts its presence, as in the modest dish that enhances a flower arrangement rather than detracting from it.
  14-4   Tranquility : Other words are serenity or calmness, feelings that are enhanced on the approach to a teahouse.
  14-5   Naturalness : The colors and materials in this room of a Takayama businessman's house are all natural.
  14-6   Rougness : Because shibui objects are natural they often have irregular textures as in this mud wall in the city of Nara.
  14-7   Normalcy : Shibui objects are far removed from sickness and abnormality; they must be strong and able to withstand daily use, as in this strong piece of woven cloth.
  14-8  Occasionally, all of the qualities described in these photographs come together in one object such as this Shino  sake  cup.
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