The Many Faces of Noh Masks (Noh-men): Men (otoko) Part 2

Noh masks are us ed for Noh theater, traditional Japanese dance theater which have more than 400 years history. Find a variety of masks used by men characters.

Ikebana (Japanese flower arrangement): no-cost therapeutic hobby

Ikebana, traditional Japanese flower arrangement, is an ideal quarantine-friendly hobby because it requires minimum amount of branches and/or flowers you can find in your backyard. With no costs, you can find your inner Zen and peace of mind.

The Many Faces of Noh Masks (Noh-men): Men (otoko) Part 1

Noh masks are us ed for Noh theater, traditional Japanese dance theater which have more than 400 years history. Find a variety of masks used by men characters.

History of Japanese aesthetics: Wabi-sabi and more

Japanese aesthetics are known for its simple and minimalist design details and unique appreciation of natural beauty. There have been a couple of decisive moments in history that helped cement those qualities. “History of Japanese Aesthetics” reviews social backdrops of 1) Heian, 2) Kamakura, 3) Muromachi and 4) Edo period and discuss how they influenced the formation and crystallization of Japanese aesthetics.

History of Japanese aesthetics 3: Muromachi and wabi-sabi

History of Japanese asethetics (3) reviews Muromachi era (1336-1573), which coinsided with the early Renaissance in Europe. However, Zen-influenced, minimalist aesthetics were the opposite of Renaissance.

History of Japanese aesthetics 2: the Kamakura period and mujo

History of Japanese aesthetics (2) reviews civil war-ridden Kamakura era (1185-1333) and the aesthetics of mujo, which produced highly philosophical/poetic inward-looking, hermit culture.

Kyoto Zen gardens