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Tokonoma: “Cherry Blossoms” Kakejiku
Japanese people love cherry blossoms because they are not permanent; they give a feeling of “mujou” (transience).
While Westerners seek beauty in the eternal, many Japanese have a strong tendency to seek beauty in the transitory.
“Mujou” and the view of mujou could be said to be the unique characteristics of the Japanese concept of beauty that has been growing over many years since the medieval era.
Mujou is considered to be the fundamental ideology of Buddhism.
Tokonoma: “Waterfall” Kakejiku
Tokonoma: “Chinese Poem” Kakejiku
Tokonoma: “Calligraphic Work” Kakejiku
Sounin Kajitani (1914 – 1995)
Sounin Kajitani was the chief abbot of the Shoukoku-ji Temple School of the Rinzai sect.
He served concurrently as chief priest of the Shoukoku-ji Temple, the Kinkaku-ji Temple (Rokuon-ji Temple), and the Ginkaku-ji Temple (Jishou-ji Temple).
He is also known as a master of calligraphy.
Tokonoma: “Koi Fish” Kakejiku
Carp (called “koi”) are a common subject for summer paintings.
The great popularity of “nishikigoi” (coloured carps) suggests, many Japanese people love carp.
In this work, three Koi fish are swimming lively.