Monday, October 24, 2016

Mindfulness-inducing 500-year-old paining

Amanohashidate is a large, tree-covered sandbar in Kyoto.

This work was drawn by Sesshū Tōyō (1420–1506) near the end of his life, at age 82. He creates an amazing sense of perspective with his mastery of light and shade (notan). Perhaps his aim was to create the feeling of calm that comes from viewing the actual splendor first hand, the feeling of mindfulness.





—Mellow Monk

 

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Inspiring scenes of post-quake rebuilding in Aso

The Aso Shrine was severely damaged in the Kumamoto Earthquake earlier this year. The shrine office has released a few videos of how the city of Aso is rebuilding, including the shrine itself and the local merchants and their families. Here are a few of the truly inspiring videos.

1.) Hiroaki Uchimura of Aso Shrine

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2.) Kouji Miyagawa of Miyagawa Clock Shop

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3.) Akiko Kudo of Tsuruya Inn

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4.) Yuino Tano of Tanoya Confectionery

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—Mellow Monk

 

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