Tag Archive: Japanese culture

Flying geese signal Autumn has come

This is the scroll hanging in the tokonoma today. It is written by the priest Fujii Kaido (1898-1984) of Daitokuji Sangen in.  It reads

Shu ku issei no kari – Autumn sky, a single cry of the wild goose

Suddenly it is no longer summer in the Pacific Northwest.  We have been hearing the …

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Introduction to Chado Class

Introduction to Chado, the Japanese Tea Ceremony

Harmony, purity, respect and tranquility. These are the four principles of tea ceremony distilled from Japanese culture. In this ten week class, students will be introduced to Chado, the way of tea. The arts of Japan will be examined through the ritual preparation and drinking of matcha, Japanese …

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More reading

In these dark days, it is always good to have a few books to curl up with to take us away.   Here are two more books that I have added to my bookshelf:

Japan and the Culture of the Four Seasons, Nature, Literature and the Arts, by Haruo Shirane. ISBN: 978-0-231-15281-5 I heard a lecture …

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One Taste of Truth

I am not a student of Zen, but I am a student of tea, so anything in English that helps me understand the relationship of Zen to tea captures my interest.   One of the overt examples of Zen in the tea room is the scroll displayed in the tokonoma.  It is often a Zen saying. …

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Samurai! at the Portland Art Museum

Samurai armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection will be on display until January 12, 2104

Travel back in time and discover remarkable objects that illuminate the life, culture, and pageantry of the samurai, the revered and feared warriors of Japan—from one of the finest and most comprehensive collections in the world. …

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