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
Does art have to be original? “this is, after all, what people love in art. The same is true of literary composition. While bearing resemblance to the original, it should have stylisation; this makes it art, and is what delights … Continue reading
Some may argue that these artifacts created with aesthetic conscience and intentions are much more advanced than those without. I, however, must tell you that is a common mistake which we, of the modern era of knowledge and science, tend … Continue reading
Beauty is ever alive, because for it there is no past, no future, but the present. You hesitate, turn your head, and it is no more.
I have come to realise that the imperfection of the bowl itself is the very essence that makes it beautiful.
This could arguably be one of Koetsu’s best works. Although, whether to praise it without any questions remains unclear to me.
蕾にしてしゅう落せんも 亦面白し 唯人事の限りを尽くして 待たんのみ 事業の如何にあらず 心事の高潔なり 涙の多量なり 以て満足す可きなり （彫刻家 荻原守衛（碌山）） I may not last long, but it is not so bad. When I have done everything, what is left for me is to wait. It is not about the scale of what I do, … Continue reading
The word “Bijutsu”, which was created to correspond the word “art”, can only allow us, Japanese, to think of our history in the light of European concept. (YAMAGUCHI AKira) The same goes for “Shukyo”, Japanese equivalent of “Religion” of which … Continue reading
例へば私を一度でも知ってゐる、總ての人の見た私が私だとしたら。それが正真正銘の私だと観念し たら、私の人生の意義と言へるものは、人から何を求められているか、どうみられてゐるかそれを如何に 私が踊ったかに懸かってゐます。ひょっとこの踊りでも致し方がない。人の見た私が私の總てです。 青山二郎