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Refined work shodo (書 道) by the master calligrapher Ougai Kofude (小 筆 凰 外) depicting an enso (円 相), or a circle. The meaning is perhaps the most common subject that symbolizes enlightenment, strength, the universe. It is believed by many that the artist's nature is fully revealed by the way he draws this circle; furthermore it is believed that only those who are mentally and spiritually complete can draw a true enso. Some artists draw an enso every day, as a kind of spiritual diary.
Some draw the meaning with an opening in the circle, while others complement it. The opening could symbolize that this circle is not separate from the rest of things but is part of something larger. The enso is a sacred symbol in Zen Buddhism, and is often used by Zen masters as a signature in their works.
Yuuka Matsuo Kyusu Tea Pot
赤陽の美濃 Red Sunlight in Mino
Special Akira Selected as 1th of the 9th Bowl available at "one" exhibit located in ichifu: japan
Most of his chawan have a rounded or cylindrical (tsutsu-gata) form and an air of quiet dignity. Their organic forms are not pretentious or proud. It's their simple nobility and honesty that draws the viewer in. A good chawan seems to "ask" to be used, and all of Yoshida's works do. The delicate pastel colors and the inviting lips of his chawan beg to be held in almost a sensual way.
Molten blu green rises magnificently from the thick frosting of white by Kato Toyohisa enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The colour beauty periodically dividing the thick glaze and drifts of white on the sides of this tea bowl lend a sense of pleasant silky touch in hand, making the bowl seem a majestic glance. It is like to stay at the feet of a glacier of pure white coloured snow, islandic geisyr escaping the molten earth through the sublime surface.
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Ken Jeremiah \ Available Now \ The Forthcoming New Book \ Chadogu the Art of Tea
Long acclaimed one of the Best Book 2020 - The Cha-no-Yu, or Tea Ceremony - an aesthetic ritual intimately linked to Zen and Daoism. Its history reveals a comingling of Chinese and Japanese cultures that is not only a symbol of the complex interplay between Sino-Japanese ideas of beauty, but also the epitome of both Zen and ancient Daoist ideals: "being" in the world and understanding the inner nature of things. An appreciation of the imperfect, the asymmetrical teahouses, unpretentious bamboo ladles and scoops, and famed tea bowls may seem flawed to untrained eyes, perhaps lacking something. However, it is this perceived void that eager participants strive to identify, for usefulness arises from emptiness, just as perfection is found within imperfection. Among all the utensils used in the tea ceremony, the bowl plays the most active role.
"Remnants of a Distant Past"
Brief introduction is written for Onihagi web site & courtesy of Dr. Ken Jeremiah
Ken Jeremiah has written numerous books and articles, and he has translated various works from Spanish, Italian, and Japanese. Dr. Ken Jeremiah has written extensively about history, religion, and critical thinking. His previous books include Remnants of a Distant Past, Christian Mummification, Living Buddhas, Aikido Ground Fighting, and If the Samurai Played Golf...Zen Strategies for a Winning Game. He teaches world language and comparative religion courses, and currently resides in Narragansett, RI.
Kawasaki Daishi Heikenji Temple Omamori
The omamori are Japanese amulets dedicated both to particular Shinto deities and to Buddhist icons. The Japanese word mamori means protection, while the honorific prefix o- gives the word a moving meaning towards the outside, thus going to mean "Your protection".