Articles related to Zen arts and culture

The origins of Zen arts and culture, such as ikebana (flower arrangement), kare-sansui (Zen rock garden) and Nou (Japanese traditional theatre) are found in the Middle Ages.  More than 500 years since its foundation, the beauty of Zen arts are still powerful and uniquely inspirational.  There are various contemporary arts that are deeply influenced by Zen philosophy and aesthetics.

Shoji screen design ideas

Shoji screen design ideas Shoji screen is a unique feature of Japanese architecture for which walls played substantially reduced role ...
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The Many Faces of Noh Masks (Noh-men): Men (otoko) Part 2

The Many Faces of Noh Masks (Noh-men) for Men (otoko) Men ...
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Ikebana (Japanese flower arrangement): no-cost therapeutic hobby

Ikebana (Japanese flower arrangement): no-cost hobby to find your inner Zen Subject to stay-at-home order due to coronavirus? It's not ...
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The Many Faces of Noh Masks (Noh-men): Men (otoko) Part 1

The Many Faces of Noh Masks (Noh-men) for Men (otoko) Men ...
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History of Japanese aesthetics: Wabi-sabi and more

History of Japanese aesthetics Japanese aesthetics are known for its simple and minimalist design details and unique appreciation of natural ...
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History of Japanese aesthetics 3: Muromachi and wabi-sabi

History of Japanese aesthetics (3): Muromachi and wabi-sabi Japanese aesthetics are known for simple and minimalist design details and a ...
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History of Japanese aesthetics 2: the Kamakura period and mujo

History of Japanese aesthetics (2): Kamakura and mujo Japanese aesthetics are known for simple and minimalist design details and a ...
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The many faces of “shoji”

The Many Faces of shoji - traditional Japanese screen door Shoji is traditional Japanese screen/sliding door/partition made of wooden frame ...
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Tea ceremony and chashitsu: the ultimate example of Zen design

Tea ceremony and chashitsu: the ultimate example of Zen design What is 茶道 (sado - a traditional Japanese tea ceremony)? ...
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The Many Faces of traditional Japanese tea house – chashitsu

The Many Faces of traditional Japanese tea house (chashitsu)  ...
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The what and how of Zen design

The what and how of Zen design What does "Zen" + "design" really mean? What is “Zen design” and how ...
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Yuhisai Koudoukan, Kyoto: What it means to practice sado in the 21st century

Yuhisai Koudoukan, Kyoto: What it means to practice sado in 21th century What is the beauty of sado? The traditional ...
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Experience the sukiya-zukuri: Setouchi Minato no Yado

Japanese residential architecture has changed significantly over a couple of centuries, reflecting the drastic social transformation in Japan (modernization and ...
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Chapter 3-2: Bonsai – the art of condensation

Bonsai, the art of condensation Bonsai is the Japanese traditional art of growing plants in pots which is often dubbed ...
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Chapter 3-4: Tai’an – Rikyu’s microcosmic teahouse

Images above  Left: Tai-an at Myoki-an, Kyoto  Right: Bamboo vase "Onkyoku" believed to have been made by Rikyu In the ...
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Chapter 4: Abundance by absence

In Chapter 1-3, we discussed the "power of zero" and its manifestation through the act of "subtraction (Chapter 2)" and ...
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Chapter 4-2: Absence on senses

The almost empty kare-sansui garden at Ryoan-ji was so mysteriously abstract and beautiful that it inspired many artists from various ...
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Chapter 2: Abundance by subtraction

One of the most commonly seen “zero” concepts in Zen-influenced art and design is subtraction. There is a Japanese phrase, ...
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