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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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Whirlwinds, Forests, Flames, and Mountains

Fu-rin-ka-zan kanji

The shortened catch-phrase designed for the oriflamme of Takeda Shingen, a daimyo of the warring states period in old-time Japan. The meaning of the original phrase is “Let your rapidity be that of the wind, your compactness that of the forest. In raiding and plundering be like fire, and immovable like a mountain”.

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