Kyoto Journal Issue 50
Transience and Renewal in Japanese Form
Transience in the Tale of Genji
Kyoto’s Heritage of Festivals
Haiku: The Birth & Death of Each Moment
A Culture of Simplicity
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and yet, and yet…– Issa (1763-1827)
It is hardly coincidental that so many of Japan’s cultural traditions — including haiku, tea ceremony, calligraphy, and flower arrangement — cultivate a special awareness of both the season and the present instant of focused attention. Buddhist philosophy holds that the entire world is continually recreated, moment by moment. Entering that evanescent instant of creation, one can’t help but be simultaneously aware of its transience.—Ken Rodgers, Cultivating Transience A store isn’t a building, it’s an activity, and a neighborhood is not a collection of buildings, but a social net created by people who live there. Every frayed mat and wobbly table on the soi is a link to the centuries-old tradition of periodic markets that once flourished along canals and village lanes, a way of life that continues to reinvent itself, even in the shadow of shopping malls.—
Published May 2002
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