Hanami – through a Frank Lloyd Wright Window

The general term for flower (hana) in poetry referred to the cherry blossom. Its significance in Japan is due, in part, to its evanescent beauty, which resonates with the Buddhist ethos of life’s illusory nature. The cherry tree blooms en masse during the spring, and its blossoms die within a week of their flowering, making… Continue reading Hanami – through a Frank Lloyd Wright Window

The Henro – A journey of discovery in Japanese tradition

Shikoku, Japan’s fourth largest island, has many unique experiences to offer. One of these is the Shikoku Henro, or the pilgrimage to 88 temples dotted around the island. The full route covers roughly 1,400 kilometers, circling the entire island, a journey that can take a month or two on foot (but modern pilgrims have the… Continue reading The Henro – A journey of discovery in Japanese tradition

Finding Godai – The Five Elements In Japanese Culture

Godai represents the 5 principle elements as represented in ancient Japanese philosophy of the nature of things originating in the 5th century.  These elements: fire, earth, water, wind and void, are expressed by timeless glaze options that form the core of this glazed porcelain tile series.  “The godai is the five elements; the gorintou is the three-dimensional representation… Continue reading Finding Godai – The Five Elements In Japanese Culture