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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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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I have been having an extended discussion with a commenter about gomei. See this post and the comment thread.
For the guests, learning the gomei is of particular interest and in our discussion the commenter said,
“It sounds like the choice of a seasonal name is, at least partly, also the gift of …
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We have been talking about poetic names and the sounds of the Japanese summer. The Japanese cicada or semi are a ubiquitous part of the soundscape in summer. Different species, I guess hatch at different times so there are different songs throughout the summer.
I remember trying to fall asleep in Kyoto and the semi …
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