Let your unconscious think/ 無意識で考える

The head is conscious while the abdomen is unconscious. When the master tells his disciples to “think” with the lower part of the body, he means that the koan is to be taken down to the unconscious… The koan is … Continue reading

Nothing is beautiful when it’s brand-new

Nothing is beautiful when it’s brand-new. Connoisseur says “if you see it, the parts where most used gets worn out the fastest, that’s where the under-layer of black lacquer surfaces. if these are to show in any other unnatural parts, … Continue reading

sabi against wabi  わびとさびの違い

To put it simply, “sabi” is based on nothing-ness, whereas “wabi” is a contrastive idea. It is “small” against “vast”; “subdued” against “colourful”; “deficient” against “abundant”; “modest” against “luxurious”. Yet, somewhat feeling self-superiority.  (“Sen-no-Rikyu”  written by Junzo KARAKI , writer … Continue reading

Religious ZEN (and Japanese) 禅という宗教

The Zen insights go far deeper into the source of life, where Zen is truly religious. By this I mean Zen is in close touch with Reality; indeed, Zen takes hold of it and lives it, and this is where … Continue reading

Worshiping poverty? 貧を崇める?

The cult of wabi has entered deeply into the cultural life of the Japanese people. It is in truth the worshiping of poverty—probably a most appropriate cult in a poor country like ours. Despite the modern Western luxuries and comforts … Continue reading

True beauty of Japan/美の在り処

But the rare charm of Japanese life, so different from that of all other lands, is not to be found in its Europeanised circles. It is to be found among the great common people, who represent in Japan, as in … Continue reading