In his book “Art of Special Effects,” Tohl Narita also refers to the words “Shin. Zen. Bi.”
Literally it means “truth, goodness and beauty.”
These words should be the symbol of Japanese spirit.
At least the spirit traditionally placed highest among the Japanese.
When I found Mr. Narita to mention these words in his book, I was so surprised at the depth of his thoughts about art.
In the book, he associates “Shin” with “learning,” “Zen” with “religion” and “Bi” with “art.”
Ultraman also represents “Shin. Zen. Bi.”
Mr. Narita’s painting of Ultraman in 1983 is titled “Incarnation of truth, justice and beauty.”
With regard to “Shin. Zen. Bi,” a Japanese philosopher associates “Zen” with “affection” and “Bi” with “harmony.”
Ultraman may represent these, too.
That makes me remember Mr. Narita designed Ultraman as the symbol of cosmos.
To make it represent cosmos, Mr. Narita selected “extreme simplification” in designing Ultraman.
Mr. Narita’s son writes in “Art of Special Effects” his father pursued his life to the last in drawing a picture, making a sculpture and handing “What is the real thing?” over to the children of the future with confidence.
I hope I am one of the former children!!!