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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.

September 13, 2017


ARETHE festival aspires to make people experience contemporary Japanese art through the ritual tradition called chado (the way of tea). At first, chado and contemporary art may seem unrelated. Yet, historically the way of tea and it’s tea ceremony pract...

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Bachmann Eckenstein