aesthete ˈes-ˌthēt noun
: one who professes great sensitivity to the beauty of art and nature
The word aesthete has appeared 31 times on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on March 3 in the Magazine article “Hideo Kojima’s Strange, Unforgettable Video-Game Worlds” by Adrian Chen:
We reached the end of the hall, and a door slid open, and there was a small woman with dyed pink hair in a large black hooded sweatshirt. This was Ayako Terashima, Kojima’s personal assistant; her fans know her as Touchy! on Twitter, where she has more than 50,000 followers and provides running updates on Kojima’s life. Terashima said that Kojima wished to show me a new trailer for Death Stranding that he had just edited. Saito and a Sony P.R. rep led me into a conference room with a long white table, tall-backed red leather chairs and chrome lights hanging pendulously from the ceiling.
Saito left, and a few minutes later he returned with Kojima. A youthful 56, Kojima walked in with rapid, precise steps and shook my hand. He was dressed in a light sweater and jeans. He had on thick, round blue plastic glasses; a scruff of beard lent him the nerdy-cool air of the intellectual aesthete. Saito, as he translated for him, revealed a dry sense of humor and a sort of mind-meld with his boss. He translated Kojima’s Japanese into English so quickly that to an unknowing observer, it might have appeared that Kojima was translating him.