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Glass structures, clean lines, and simple colour combinations are the few things that I instantly noticed when watching Tari tari. Although it’s not the first time that I’d seen this on anime, Tari Tari wonderfully showcases the simple yet eye-catching structures. It’s also evident that the architecture says a lot about the Japanese aesthetics.

Adding only what’s necessary has always been a focus in traditional Japanese design. Zen concepts of simplicity embed the ideas of freedom and reveal the inner qualities of materials and objects for the essence. More importantly, it emphasizes the attainment of enlightenment.

Say for instance, it’s noticeable and nice how Tari Tari innovatively designed its gymnasium, school yard, café, and classrooms through the use of glass. Regardless of the contemporary western nature of the glass architecture, as part of the minimalist movement, it was said that Japanese Zen Philosophy is still one of its major inspirations. Glass is visually filled with void space and gives room to anything—especially the light—by which could be likened to the concepts of inner soul, illumination, and order.

Further, the simple and well-defined contours are invigorating to watch. It’s interesting how the funky yet clean and sophisticated geometric figures create some form of psychological aesthetic which can bring some Zen-like functionalities in the mind—freedom of movement, ease, and innovation.

Hence I guess just like Wien, as someone who is foreign to the Japanese culture and an anime fan, I can’t help but to be amused by every littlest detail of what the animation is offering. Similar to what I had seen in Hanasaku Iroha, structural designs add silent monologues and flavour to the scenes.

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