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Kanji, Kana & Pronunciation
Romaji Iki
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(adj) chic; Origin: "pure, unadulterated"

The concept of iki came about in the Edo Period as a reaction against the opulence of previous styles, it's opposite is yabo. Iki is written with a character meaning "pure, unadulterated." [1] To be iki in the Edo Period was to practice restraint. One showed one's good taste through delicate colors and attention to detail.

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  1. Noma, Seiroku. Japanese Costume and Textile Arts. Weatherhill/Heibonsha. New York. Fourth printing, 1980. p.91.