Zen and the Art of Relaxing My Body and Mind with Shodō, Japanese Calligraphy

This art-form Shodō that is also a way of life and has its own philosophies was working its power on me. It was all very Zen.

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Osaka Tenjin Matsuri Festival: Opportunity to Participate In The Cosmos

I felt the world re-enchanted and a reconnection to sacred time when I was transported out of mundane time by participating in the Tenjin Matsuri Festival in Osaka July 24-25. A festival that is considered one of the top three festivals in Japan and has been held at the Temmangu Shinto Shrine for over 1,000 years, it allows young and old to cut through the one-dimensional rationality that dominates our consumer society and momentarily restore the sacred connection to the cosmos.

Mono no aware, Japanese Flowers and Living in Accord With Nature

“If I were asked to explain the Japanese spirit, I would say it is wild cherry blossoms glowing in the morning sun!”  — Motoori Norinaga (1730-1801), nativist thinker and poet One of the biggest reasons I love Japan is its cultural connection to nature. From its animistic roots in Shintoism, which came from Siberian shamans … Continue reading Mono no aware, Japanese Flowers and Living in Accord With Nature