Mathematics in Japanese culture

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Jun 4, 2011 22:34
I read an interesting essay written by Japanese mathematician Susumu Sakurai.He says math hide everywhere in the world.And also in the Japanese traditional culture.There are silver ratio(1:1.4) in Japanese traditional architecture and pictures.Tea ceremony room,furosiki(a cloth used wrapping something),origami(colorful paper) are all square. Japanese poetry,Tanka uses 31 letters and hiku uses 17 letters.Tanka has 5・7・5・7・7 rhythm form and haiku has 5・7・5.All of these numbers are prime numbers.Ikebana,Japanese flower arrangement, has basic ratio 7:5:3.Isn't it interesting?