There is no such thing as “white.” Rather, “white” exists solely in our perception. Therefore, we must not attempt to search for “white.” Instead, we must search for a way to feel the whiteness. Through this process, we gain an awareness of a white that is slightly whiter than the white we experience normally. This in turn makes us aware of the diversity of whiteness found in Japanese culture; we come to understand words such as silence and empty space, and distinguish the hidden meanings contained in them. As we achieve this rapport with white, our world glows more brightly, and its shadows deepen.
— Kenya Hara from His Book White —