ZEN in TECHNICOLOR

On a journey,
Resting beneath the cherry blossoms,
I feel myself to be in a Noh play.

-Matsuo Bashō

'Bushi no Kondate' ('A Tale of Samurai Cooking' 2013), starring Kora Kengo and Ueto Aya.

— 17 hours ago with 8 notes
#bushi no kondate  #a tale of samurai cooking  #kora kengo  #ueto aya  #Japanese food  #Japanese film  #samurai  #kimono 
Rare first edition of Natsume Soseki’s ‘I Am A Cat’ (‘Wagahai wa neko de aru’) in English translation, 1909. (Source: Yale University library) 

Rare first edition of Natsume Soseki’s ‘I Am A Cat’ (‘Wagahai wa neko de aru’) in English translation, 1909. (Source: Yale University library

— 2 days ago with 14 notes
#Natsume Soseki  #I Am A Cat  #Wagahai wa Neko de Aru  #Japanese literature  #cat  #book  #rare book  #first edition 
Meet Hello Kitty Kenshin and Hello Kitty Shishio. This is hilarious, and even a little irresistible… (And yes, it’s official merchandise!)

Meet Hello Kitty Kenshin and Hello Kitty Shishio. This is hilarious, and even a little irresistible… (And yes, it’s official merchandise!)

— 4 days ago with 17 notes
#Hello Kitty  #rurouni kenshin  #hello kitty kenshin  #himura kenshin  #shishio makoto  #kawaii  #rurouni kenshin densetsu no saigo hen 
Artistic calligraphy of ‘dragon’/’serpent’. (Artist unknown)

Artistic calligraphy of ‘dragon’/’serpent’. (Artist unknown)

— 6 days ago with 20 notes
#calligraphy  #dragon  #serpent  #zen  #kanji  #japanese art  #abstract calligraphy 

On behalf of Chuseok 추석 (Korean thanksgiving): fabulous hanbok fashion from kdramaland.

— 1 week ago with 12 notes
#Chuseok  #Korean thanksgiving  #hanbok  #kdrama  #deep rooted tree  #night watchman  #jung il woo  #yunho  #jang hyuk  #han suk kyu  #sin se kyung 
A beauty dancing ‘Nunozarashi’「布ざらし」を踊っている美人 / Oshie-gata’. Woodblock print by Katsukawa Shun’ei, ca. 1780.

A beauty dancing ‘Nunozarashi’「布ざらし」を踊っている美人 / Oshie-gata’. Woodblock print by Katsukawa Shun’ei, ca. 1780.

— 1 week ago with 4 notes
#ukiyo-e  #woodblock print  #katsukawa shun'ei  #noh dance  #kimono  #japanese art  #dancer  #beauty 

While waiting for the new film (!) let’s take a leaf from domestic Kenshin’s book. (Make some udon, hang around the house, catch a play…) 

— 2 weeks ago with 201 notes
#rurouni kenshin  #kenshin himura  #domestic kenshin  #ruroken  #sato takeru  #emi takei  #kamiya kaoru  #waiting for kyoto taika hen 

Hoping for a sunny September…

(Source: 8981amatou)

— 2 weeks ago with 7 notes
#japan  #anime  #illustration  #japanese art  #sunny  #flowers  #cat  #kawaii 

The famous Toshogu shrine in Nikko (UNESCO World Heritage site).

(Source: Flickr / bernardlanguillier)

— 2 weeks ago with 24 notes
#nikko  #japan  #toshogu  #shrine  #shinto  #temple  #architecture  #world heritage