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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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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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Found Japan

Introducing author, business person, long time Japan-resident and cultural pioneer, Amy Katoh When I first arrived here in 1971, many traditional skills and crafts had already been lost. It seemed that most Japanese simply did not appreciate the genius of their own culture. Since then, I have been watching a turnaround in awareness. Amy Katoh, a cultural pioneer in Tokyo since her arrival in the 1960s, has written four books (the...

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Ikebana – Art that Disappears in Three days by Ritsuko Beimel

There were over 100 ikebana arrangements on display at a recent exhibition, here in Kyoto. Of about 2000 registered schools of ikebana in Japan, most people study at one of the more popular schools, such as Ikenobo, Ohara and Sogetsu. I chose the following arrangements to show design attitudes of a few different schools. I like the way green is displayed here. It is full of life. It is a simple arrangement. I especially like the...

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Koryu Bujutsu: Classic Martial Arts Schools of Japan – Part II

Photography by Leiv Harstad Intensive in both time and energy, this type of training is not conducive to large group instruction. The classical koryu must maintain a quality standard that precludes quantity. Furthermore, the conservation and perpetuation of the school’s integrity demands a dedication from its members that is, quite simply, not for everyone. A member is a personal student of the headmaster. He is the conduit through...

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