Everything Is Best

When Banzan was walking through a market he overheard a conversation between a butcher and his customer. “Give me the best piece of meat you have,” said the customer. “Everything in my shop is the best,” replied the butcher. “You cannot find here any piece of meat that is not the best.” At these words…

Praying by playing

伏見稲荷大社 Fushimi  Inari Jinja, Kyoto Photography by Japanaibunka  

rain on the mountain

Winter seclusion – Listening, that evening, To the rain in the mountain. – Kobayashi Issa   Art by Kawase Hasui    

浮草物語 Ukikusa monogatari

A Story of Floating Weeds is a 1934 silent film directed by Yasujirō Ozu which he later remade as Floating Weeds in 1959 in color. It won the Kinema Junpo Award for best film, the third consecutive year an Ozu film won, following I Was Born, But… and Passing Fancy. The film starts with a travelling…

26th station : 掛川 Kakegawa

Kakegawa-juku was originally the castle town of Kakegawa Castle. It was famous because Yamauchi Kazutoyo rebuilt the area and lived there himself. It also served as a post station along a salt road that ran through Shinano Province between the modern-day cities of Makinohara and Hamamatsu. The classic ukiyoe print by Ando Hiroshige (Hoeido edition) from…

Marriage in Japan IV

Post-war period (1945–present) Signed after the surrender and occupation of Japan by Allied forces, Article 24 of the Constitution of 1947 reestablished marriage on grounds of equality and choice: “Marriage shall be based only on the mutual consent of both sexes and it shall be maintained through mutual cooperation with the equal rights of husband…

stars enter

The lamp once out Cool stars enter The window frame. – Natsume Soseki   Art by Takahashi Shotei

Utagawa Toyokuni

Utagawa Toyokuni ( 歌川豊国; 1769 in Edo – 24 February 1825 in Edo), also often referred to as Toyokuni I, to distinguish him from the members of his school who took over his gō (art-name) after he died, was a great master of ukiyo-e, known in particular for his kabuki actor prints. He was the second head of…

poetry and persimmons

Consider me As one who loved poetry And persimmons. – Masaoka Shiki   Art by Shibata Zeshin