My flaws

Once your technique gets to a certain level, the only thing that separates you from others is your quirks, or even flaws. (Natalie Portman)   技術がある一定のレベルまで達した後は、欠点すらも武器になり得る。 (ナタリー・ポートマン)  

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

just a simple cup of tea, yet…? ただお茶を飲む、ということ

The TEA DRINKING that is known as cha-no-yu in Japan is not just drinking tea, but involves all activities leading to it, all the utensils used in it, the entire atmosphere surrounding the procedure, and last of all, what is … Continue reading

Mastership of Mind / 技術とは

 That is what I call mastership. I actually would draw the parts that are not meant to stand out with much intent care, as if I am tanning leather with my brush. So that the parts I really want audience … Continue reading

Plain, Ordinary… ultimate beauty.  普通で、当たり前な、本物の美

I even feel certain hesitation towards using the word “Mingei” as adjectives. If we were to describe something as “Mingei-ish”, it is already not the true “Mingei”. Simple and honest “plain paper” would make the genuine Mingei product. If the … Continue reading