one minute thought: addition vs subtraction


While waiting at the counter of Mitsubishi bank two images of Japan became extremely clear:
there is a Japan that uses subtraction as a main technique of composition. It erases, cancels, reduces, makes dense. That acts in one movement. That cuts with one hit. Think about traditional arts.
Then there a Japan that uses addition: addition of Alphabets (kanji+romaji+hiragana+katakana), of information ( as in any busy metro station), of functions. That takes decision after endless meeting, that overlaps streets…

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