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January 24, 2019

Rengetsu’s life slowed down at around the age of 75. The long years of travelling, moving, and drifting came to an end in the small village of Nishigamo. In 1865 on the invitation of her friend Wada Gozan she took residence in a humble hut on the temple grounds of Jink...

January 16, 2019

Allem Sammeln liegt eine kaum zähmbare Leidenschaft zugrunde. Warum aber gerade Keramik? Und warum ausgerechnet deformierte Keramiken aus Japan? Auf die entscheidende Frage nach dem Antrieb erhält man nur vage Antworten. Die Beweggründe verlieren sich im Dickicht der W...

December 21, 2018

When tea is poured into a teacup flowers bloom inside the cup. Move the teacup or pick it up and all of the flower petals scatter and spread outside of the cup. As long as there is tea in the cup, flowers will continue to appear and bloom. The artwork appears for the f...

September 3, 2018

Some four or five centuries ago in Japan, a lavish technique emerged for repairing broken ceramics. Artisans began using lacquer and gold pigment to put shattered vessels back together. This tradition, known as kintsugi, meaning “golden seams” (or kintsukuroi, “golden...

December 19, 2017

Yuki Tatsumi was working as a waiter in a restaurant when one day, as he was cleaning up a table, he noticed that a customer had intricately folded up the paper chopstick sleeve and left it behind. Japan doesn’t have a culture of tipping but Tatsumi imagined that this...

December 8, 2017

Von Marion Poschmann

Töpfern – damit verbindet man hierzulande Volkshochschulkurse für gelangweilte Hausfrauen, Reha-Angebote, Beschäftigungstherapie. Damit traktiert man Schüler, wenn ein Erlebnis kreativen Schaffens forciert werden soll, das keinerlei Voraussetzungen...

December 7, 2017

The overwhelming majority of tea practitioners in contemporary Japan are women, but there has been little discussion on their historical role in tea culture (chanoyu). In Cultivating Femininity, Rebecca Corbett writes women back into this history and shows how tea prac...

September 20, 2017

"Matsuo Basho was one of the most famous Zen poets of Japan, who alerts us to the neglected beauty and interest of everyday life, and thereby reconciles us with our own circumstances." SCHOOL OF LIFE on youtube - This video has been posted two years ago but back then t...

September 15, 2017

With mazes of expressways pushing scores of traffic through action filled, neon lit cities, there is perhaps no better platform than Japan to grasp the full motion and machinery of life. 

But sitting silently in the shadows waits another realm.  Just as intoxicating, e...

September 14, 2017

Raku Kichizaemon, the fifteenth grand master of the Raku line of potters, creates avant-garde works of ceramic art rooted in 450 years of tradition. With a tea bowl of his own making in hand, he discusses the philosophical underpinnings of Raku ware.