Calligraphy: Ichi-go Ichi-e / Taigen Kobayashi - One Chance in a Life Time

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0184
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Taigen Kobayashi
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The chief priest of the Ôbai-in subtemple of the Daitoku-ji temple, Kyôto.

Taigen Kobayashi was born 1938 in Shenyang and lost his parents at the age of six. At this time he was given to monastery, where he was raised up.

In 1961 he completed a degree at Hanazono University in Kyōto where he thereafter trained under Ōtsu Rekidō, the 130th abbot of Shōkoku-ji. He then succeeded Ōbai-in’s abbot Miyanishi Genshō at Kyōto’s famous Daitoku-ji.

Size
615mm x 1950mm
Roller End Material
Ceramic
Material of the Work
Japanese paper
Stock Condition
In stock
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Ichi-go ichi-e (lit. “one time, one meeting”) is a Japanese four-character idiom (yojijukugo) that describes a cultural concept of treasuring meetings with people. The term is often translated as “for this time only,” “never again,” or “one chance in a lifetime.” The term reminds people to cherish any gathering that they may take part in, citing the fact that many meetings in life are not repeated. Even when the same group of people can get together again, a particular gathering will never be replicated, and thus, each moment is always once-in-a-lifetime. The concept is most commonly associated with Japanese tea ceremonies, especially tea masters Sen no Rikyū and Ii Naosuke. The death was closer to people in the Sengoku period (c. 1467 – c. 1603), when tea ceremony culture reached full bloom, than the present day. Therefore, it is considered then that the concept of Ichi-go ichi-e was born.

There is a concept of “Mujou”, which is considered to be a fundamental concept of Buddhism, in Japanese aesthetic senses. The word “mujou” expresses the idea that all beings in the phenomenal world do not abide, but disintegrate and are in constant transition. The Japanese people love cherry blossoms because they are not permanent and give a feeling of mujou (transience). While Westerners seek beauty in “eternal beings,” many Japanese have a strong tendency to seek beauty in phenomena that is constantly transforming. Mujou can be regarded as unique characteristics of the Japanese concept of beauty that has been growing since the medieval era.

The word “Ichi-go ichi-e” was born from the aesthetic sense. It is often brushed onto scrolls which are hung in the tea room.

This piece is an Ichi-go ichi-e calligraphic work by Taigen Kobayashi, who is the chief priest of the Ôbai-in subtemple of the Daitoku-ji temple, Kyôto.
The moment of depicting the work and the artwork itself are once-in-a lifetime even if the subject is the same. This is exactly the Ichi-go ichi-e.

It is interesting that the shape of the first character “ichi” differs from the one of the third character “ichi” even if they are the same character. We can see that Taigen Kobayashi, who is familiar with the tea cult, understands the meaning of Ichi-go ichi-e very well.

 

 

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 The Japanese people have long set a high value on aesthetic senses since ancient times. As a result, the
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 The Japanese people have long set a high value on aesthetic senses since ancient times. As a result, the
peculiar culture which is not seen in other countries blossomed and many aspects of the modern Japanese
culture come from it. Parts of Japanese culture has been introduced to people in other countries recently,
so the number of people from other countries who are interested in Japanese culture has been increasing.
However, the Japanese aesthetic senses, which are the bases of Japanese culture, have been nurtured
through a long history, intertwining various elements intricately, such as climate, geographical features,
religion, customs and so on. Therefore, they are very difficult to understand not only for people from other
countries, but even for the Japanese people. I think the best tool which conveys these difficult senses
understandably is a “kakejiku.”
 The kakejiku (a hanging scroll; a work of calligraphy or a painting which is mounted and hung in an
alcove or on a wall) is a traditional Japanese art. It's no exaggeration to say that paintings are what
express aesthetic senses at all times and places. The kakejiku is an art which expresses the Japanese
aesthetic senses. The kakejiku has long been used in traditional Japanese events, daily life and so on since
ancient times. As a result, there are various customs of kakejiku in Japan; kakejiku and the life of the
Japanese are closely related. We can see Japanese values through kakejiku.
 The kakejiku is a cultural tradition which the Japanese people should be proud of. However, many people
in other countries don't know much about it because it hasn't been showcased as much. This is why I
decided to try to introduce it. The kakejiku world is very interesting and beautiful. We want not only the
Japanese, but also many people from other countries to know and enjoy it. I hope that many people will
love kakejiku someday.

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