間 (ま)

“space” or “interval”; an aesthetic interval in space or time integral to both Japanese music and dance; it includes the idea of a rest or pause, but also includes the anticipation of what will follow or the inaudible sections that make the audible sections noteworthy; the empty space in a painting or the stillness between beats of a drum are considered not really empty or still because they also fulfill an artistic function; allowing the audience to see the void, hearing the silence

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