Mono no aware (物の哀れ) is a Japanese concept that refers to the transience of existence, and a melancholic appreciation that accompanies this. Perhaps most commonly associated with mono no aware is the ephemeral beauty of cherry blossoms, the appeal of which is heightened by an awareness of their fragility and inherent impermanence. Accepting this impermanent and uncertain nature of life helps us to recognise the beauty of fleeting moments, and of change. This piece reflects on my relationship with this concept during a time of significant change in my life.
Score & Parts available at SOUNZ Centre for New Zealand Music