The autumn leaves are falling like rain. Although my neighbors are all barbarians and you, you are a thousand miles away, there are always two cups at my table.

T’ang Dynasty poem

Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn, a cool breeze in summer, snow in winter. If your mind isn't clouded by unnecessary things, this is the best season of your life.

~ Wu-men ~


Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Art of the Samurai


I saw this posted at Budoseek.net. The painting above is a cormorant by Miyamoto Musashi.


Art of the Samurai: Selections from the Tokyo National Museum
April 18 – June 14, 2009

Bowers Museum
2002 North Main Street
Santa Ana, CA 92706
714.567.3600

Art of the Samurai: Selections from the Tokyo National Museum features 81 objects from the Tokyo National Museum representing a wealth of artworks related to the everyday, traditional, and official role of the Samurai class of Japan. Focusing on the art and aesthetics of Samurai culture, the exhibition features a wealth of objects that are a testament to the accomplished level of society, education, and mastery of skills the Samurai developed between the 10th and 20th centuries. Included are beautifully crafted swords, armor, tea-ceremony utensils, screen and scroll paintings, Noh theatre costumes, and other fine works. This outstanding collection dates primarily to the Edo period (1603–1868) with many pieces classified as Important Cultural Property and National Treasures of Japan.

4 comments:

walt said...

Budoseek is another of those "founts of information" that it will take awhile to explore!

By the way, for one reason or another my computer couldn't seem to download the Technique of the Cat pdf, linked in the previous post. But I found this HTML version, in case you or someone else could use it.

Ikigai said...

As I learned from the book "The Lone Samurai", Musashi had a real affinity for painting birds.

Rick said...

Thanks for posting the link. The Technique of the Cat points to a PDF file, for those who haven't looked it up yet.

Zen said...

Good stuff.