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Kanji for Kabuki

Japanese performance with centuries old tradition

Kabuki’s roots go back to an Izumo shrine maiden named Okuni who performed “kabuki” (the name taken from the word kabuku meaning to act in an unusual manner) dances in kyoto about four hundreds years ago. Kabuki is an actor’s theater and the actor’s skill is all. Many foreign observers have been drawn to kabuki for its women’s roles gracefully performed by male onna-gata.

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Buddhist feeling of transience

Kanji for Shogyou Mujou

A basic Buddhist tenet which teaches that all things of this world are transient and impermanent. Oneness with nature and the Buddhist feeling underlie the Japanese aesthetic. This concept appears repeatedly in Japanese literature, songs and dramas.

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Yuugen

Profound mystery

Originally meaning something too deeply hidden for human comprehension, this term gradually evolved into an aesthetic concept of mysterious and tranquil beauty. The Buddhist concept of transience and Zen teachings have given rise to the mysticism and rustic simplicity of yuugen.

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Sakura

Kanji for the Cherry blossom

The cherry blossom is Japan’s national flower and the synonymous with the word flower. Generally, the cherry blossom is a felicitous symbol. Yet there is also a dark side. To old-time samurai, there was no greater glory than to die on the battlefield like scattered cherry blossoms. Resplendent in full bloom, cherry blossoms seldom last more than a week, and they are easily swept away with one strong wind, a fleeting beauty that suggests purity and transience.

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A poem about cherry blossoms

Japanese fondness for the cherry blossom

Written by Saigyou(1118~1190), a poet of the late Heian period noted for his verses on cherry blossoms. Saigyou did indeed die in the second month of the lunar calendar and cherry trees shade his grave.

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