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

ART, what makes of… アートとは。

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

Ultimate knowledge = to know the limit of your own knowledge / 最上知とは、知識への限界を知るその知恵

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

蕾にして落ちるも、また面白し  It’s not so bad to end as a flower bud yet to bloom.

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

Before the “art” and “religion” 言葉が生まれるまえのこと

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

I am who you see… 青山二郎の言葉

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