When a feeling reaches its highest pitch, we remain silent, because no words are adequate. Even seventeen syllabes may be too many. In any event, Japanese artists, more or less influenced by the way of Zen, tend to use the fewest words or strokes of the brush to express their feelings. When feelings are too fuly expressed, no room is left for the unknown, and from this unknown start the Japanese arts.
Zen and Japanese culture, Daisetz T. Suzuki