I’m hoping my word hoard will develop into an eclectic personal lexicon – with words being found in seemingly unlikely places.

This one came from an article in the January ’16 edition of World of Interiors, in an article on Japanese ‘clay artist’ Yu Kobayashi and her playful, anti-industrial world constructed from found objects and jetsam gleaned from a local beach.

Yu Kobayashi works

Her on-line exhibition at theshopfloorproject is called asobigokoro which translates roughly as playful heart and celebrates a sense of playfulness or a sense of fun something akin to the French joie de vivre with its connotations of an exuberant enjoyment of life.

Think… gaiety, cheerfulness, cheeriness, merriment, light-heartedness, happiness, joy, joyfulness, joyousness, delight, pleasure, high spirits, spiritedness, jollity, jolliness, joviality, exuberance, ebullience, liveliness, vivacity, enthusiasm, enjoyment, verve, gusto, relish, animation, effervescence, sparkle, buoyancy, sprightliness, jauntiness, zest, zestfulness; pep, zing, get-up-and-go, being full of the joys of spring, perkiness; gladsomeness, blitheness, blithesomeness…
Asobigokoro or asobi gokoro might describe the joy derived from company and conversation; the joy of physicality and experience; joy of anything one might do; a taking pleasure in anything and everything; a comprehensive joy, a philosophy of life, a Weltanschauung involving one’s whole being or more simply a joy-filled artlessness or reason to smile.
Bonheur de Vivre Henri Matisse 1906
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