The phrase “The Floating World” is a beautiful one. I thought it was quite magical the very first time I came across it. I think where I first read it was in Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel, “An Artist of the Floating World”, a book which I still think has the ability to put me into an entirely different state of mind.
The original Japanese term for “The Floating World” is Ukiyo.
Ukiyo means “floating/fleeting/transient world”.
In the past it referred to a “pleasure seeking” urban culture but in modern usage
“the term ukiyo is used to refer to a state of mind emphasising living in the moment, detached from the difficulties of life.”
I really like the phrase and, in particular, I like the modern usage of the term. Living in the moment, detached from the difficulties of life, sounds pretty appealing to me. But there’s a strange paradox there…
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