compassion, collaboration & cooperation iN transistion
" During 2001, events will be held throughout the UK - to celebrate and expand the links between Britain and Japan and introduce Japanese culture to a wide UK audience.
Britain is the main pillar of Japan's relations with Europe, and Japan lies at the centre of British policy towards the Asia Pacific region.
Japan 2001 - will develop these relations further and will also increase mutual understanding and appreciation between the people of these two countries.
During the year of Japan 2001 over 3000 events will be held throughout the British Isles and will include not only the arts, but also education and sport.
Colourful participatory events will feature the culture of everyday modern Japan."
which my soul-mate and I attended and experienced Japanese culture first hand - care of those at New Greenham Arts, Greenham Park, Newbury, in Berkshire.
- & once joined traditional Japanese street musicians for an entertainment of song, dance, circus skills and a traditional Japanese Lion Dance ...
topped off with stupendous taiko drumming.
... and in contrast to the Dragon Yang -
" Drinking tea in quiet surroundings was instituted by the 15th century tea-master
Shuko in the time of the aesthete Shogun Yoshimasa. He invented the ceremony of tea
as an art form to be enjoyed in a small room specially designed for it - subsequently
a profound influence on both 'tea architecture' and on Japanese aesthetics as a whole.
He promoted spiritual ideals of 'harmony, respect, purity and tranquility ' and in 1582
built his tea room, the Tai-an, in a hut in his native Yamazaki. To this day tea men
maintain that it is the unique aesthetic experience which integrates the spirit of ZEN,
the beauty of art and of mundane things." - Joan Stanley Baker "Japanese ART"
"Let us take a homely illustration, the simpler the better. Each of you, let us say, had
breakfast this morning. While you were eating it you were conscious of it, how it looked
and tasted, and these states of consciousness were imposed on your minds from the
out-side by the action of matter on matter, the matter of the breakfast on the matter of
your nerves of sight and taste. This action is as constant as any other purely mechanical
action, and if your sensory and nervous machinery is in normal running order, the
resulting states of consciousness are as constant as the cause that produces them.
All these forms of consciousness, I repeat, were imposed on your minds from
without in the form of distinct sensations, as we call them, sensations existing
Sen no Rikyu was a Zen Buddhist who had a profound influence on the Japanese tea
ceremony. Assuming the position of tea master at the age of 58, he brought the concept
of ichi-go ichi-e to the ceremony. Meaning literally "one time, one place," ichi-go ichi-e
embodies Rikyu's ideal that each meeting between people is sacred for it can never be
"ZEN teaches that our approach to today determines our whole approach to life.
The Japanese call this attitude Ichi-nichi issho : 'EACH day is a LIFEtime.'
We arise in the morning newly born.
As we pass through the day, we age and gain experience.
When we tire at day's end, we 'die' and take our rest.
That one arc serves as a miniature of our entire life."
- ZEN 24/7
The touring exhibition Textural Space: contemporary Japanese textile art
opened in April 2001 as one of the first events of ‘Japan 2001’ and was
an extremely successful project. The breathtaking spectacle of the monumental
work in ‘Textural Space’, assimilating aspects of architectural space including
construction, light, materials and perspective was made possible through the
technical facility of the artists. The artists brought together a combination
of material understanding and intention that the completed work would work
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