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Unformatted text preview: palaces that were constantly burned down, so even though it is to a much reduced scale, it keeps the history intact. An aesthetic principle that applies to these gardens is irregularity. The stones on the outer edge of the shore are all different and interesting. Yoshida Kenko and Thomas Mann share the value of impermanence and have many similarities. In both essays they refer to the beginning and end of things. Mann believes that where there is no impermanence, neither is there time, and timelessness is a constant void. Mann believes that life’s appeal is enhanced with the idea that no one knows how long he or she has to live. Kenko feels that, “Were we to live on forever… Adam Cornwell Monday, February 18, 2008 IDS 210.1 then indeed would men not feel the pity of things.” He also says, “Long life brings many shames.”...
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- Spring '08
- japan, Japanese garden, Chinese gardens, Adam Cornwell