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ARTS&CULTURE June 27, 2016

Introduction to Japanese Tea Ceremony

Its name in Japanese is simple – chakai (tea gathering) – but to the rest of the world it is regarded as one of Japan’s greatest mysteries, and is known distinctively as the Japanese Tea Ceremony. But the chakai (or more formal chaji) is not just about tea, nor is it simply a ceremony, something […]

ARTS&CULTURE April 26, 2016

What Does Wabi-Sabi Mean?

If one were to pick a phrase that aptly sums up the traditional aesthetic sensibility of the Japanese, it might well be wabi-sabi. A combination of two old words with overlapping definitions, wabi-sabi might be the Buddhist view of the facts of existence: Both life and art are beautiful not because they are perfect and […]