Spreading Japanese culture, tradition through noh

Sep 3, 2014

Spreading Japanese culture, tradition through noh

Noh is one of the traditional Japanese theatrical arts and, with a history stretching back 700 years to feudal times, it is something Japan is deservedly proud of. Noh, an Intangible Cultural Heritage recognized by UNESCO, is a musical drama in which actors wear ...

Searching to define difficult, elusive concept

Sep 7, 2013

Searching to define difficult, elusive concept

by David Burleigh

The title of this book is exquisite, while the cover illustration is of something else, different yet just as exquisite. This is appropriate because the aesthetic concept that the book considers is not just beautiful, but elusive and difficult to define. SNOW IN A ...

Buddhist bash offers up some spiritual relief

Apr 19, 2013

Buddhist bash offers up some spiritual relief

by Tomoko Otake

Most Japanese people come in contact with Buddhist priests on formal occasions, such as when a family member passes away. But a cross-denominational group of young Buddhist monks is trying to change that — by putting together a unique cultural event involving three Buddhist ...