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From the Horvitz Collection
Aug15

From the Horvitz Collection

Hands & Earth: Six Perspectives on Japanese Contemporary Ceramics Opens at the Lowe Art Museum More than 40 important works created by 35 leading contemporary Japanese ceramic artists will be on view at the Lowe Art Museum from June 20 to September 23, 2018. All of the works are drawn from the collection of Carol and Jeffrey Horvitz, who have the most significant encyclopedic collection of major Japanese modern and contemporary...

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CHECKING OUT: THE FINAL DAYS OF HOTEL OKURA
Aug15

CHECKING OUT: THE FINAL DAYS OF HOTEL OKURA

February 20, 2018 / TOKONOMA The announcement that the Hotel Okura was slated for demolition in the summer of 2015 reverberated around the world, and was duly met with harsh criticism. Architects, designers and historians, not to mention the hotel’s former patrons — including heads of state, world-class actors and fashion house moguls — lamented that the Okura’s unique sensibility could never be replicated. Many fear that the...

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The Way of Incense: Koh-do
Jul01

The Way of Incense: Koh-do

The Way of Incense: Koh-do By Michael Scholes   [Originally published in the mid-1990’s in Steve Beimel’s publication, The Kyoto Diary.] Since incense was introduced to Japan from China 1400 years ago, it has been used not only to purify ritual sites, but has also been offered to the Buddha· to ensure continued health and prosperity. Fragrance is believed to help invoke the Buddha's presence and summon forth his...

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You say, “Yamato”

  You say, “Yamato”  by Lauren Deutsch       I'm just not much of a history buff. Things are “now” or “not now.” Growing up in Philadelphia, I had my share of the spirit before The Spirit of '76, and it was alive and well before the Bicentennial hoopla. While I was not very Federalist, none-the-less I imagined myself part of the historical continuum. We were living history. We worked and...

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BUDO: THE MARTIAL WAY

  BUDO: THE MARTIAL WAY By David Alexander ………Aikido, as well as other budo (martial arts) including judo, kendo, karate-do, and disciplines, such as sado (the tea ceremony) and kado (flower arranging or ikebana) can be considered as paths up the mountain of spiritual development. As students of zen, budo, chado and shodo (calligrapgy) continue to climb by way of their intensely disciplines training, the may be able...

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Shugendo Defined by Mark Schumacher

    Iconography expert Mark Schumacher explores Japan’s little known Shugendō sect, a blend of pre-Buddhist mountain worship, shamanistic beliefs, animism, ascetic practices, Chinese Yin-Yang mysticism and Taoist magic, and Esoteric (Tantric) Buddhism in the hope of achieving magical skills, medical powers, and long life.   The Japanese spiritual practice known as Shugendō can be loosely translated as the “path of training to...

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