Experiencing Silence

Polysemic value of silence in introspection and social relations

  • Roberto Fracchia Tohoku University
Keywords: Silence, Japan, introspection, Social distance, quietness


This short text is a simple reflection on the meanings and importance of silence. Starting from the sensory experience of silence he had with the local informant at Kennin-ji in Kyoto, Japan, the author reflects on the various meanings of silence. On the one hand, the therapeutic and introspective silence of a temple garden immersed in the city; on the other hand, a fake silence, made of sounds and noises, that does not generate quiet, but anxiety and social distance.

How to Cite
Fracchia, R. (2023). Experiencing Silence. Re:Think - a Journal of Creative Ethnography, 4(1). Retrieved from http://journals.ed.ac.uk/rethink/article/view/7385
Short Informal/Reflective Pieces