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Pilgrimage: Ofuda (御札 charm, talisman), a shrine or a temple seal

img_0528p20A popular custom is to buy a blank booklet at the beginning of the pilgrimage and have a calligraphy named 'Ofuda', painted in it, at each of the temples (1). It is believed that one after one's death, when one can show this booklet to the deity at the gate of heaven, one obtains permission to [...]

Most beautiful spot in province of Flevoland nomination


Yes! With 24 other places we have been nominated as “Most beautiful spot in the province of Flevoland”. The search of this spot is to commemorate the fact that this year our province officially exists 25 year. The inauguration was on 27 Juni 1985 but the work to create this “New land” had started […]

Traditional Samurai gardens of the Edo era


Zen – serene, contemplative, a discipline of meditation associated with painting, rock gardens, and flower arranging – seems an odd ingredient in the martial psyche of the Japanese Samurai. Winston King, “Zen and the Way of the Sword”. The first time I learned about the Samurai residences (and) gardens of Chiran 知覧武家屋敷群 was in […]

Fuji Musumè ( 藤娘 ) or “Wisteria Maiden”

Print made by Utagawa Kunisada I (1826).

Fuji Musume or “Wisteria Maiden”, is a famous classical dance out of the Kabuki theater in Japan. Fuji (wisteria) Musume (maiden), now performed independently, was first performed in 1826 as one of a set of five dances. The figure of the wisteria maiden first came from the town of Otsu on the shores of Lake […]

A new type of modern karesansui garden


In my second article on the subject ‘Your own Japanese garden’ Part one and Part two, I list the Japanese garden archetypes as defined by the Tokyo Agricultural University. Modern Gardens from the last century and a half I must say that we are very impressed by many of Mirei Shigemori’s and Shunmyo Masuno’s, […]

Zhong Kui 钟馗, SHŌKI 鍾馗, the demon queller

Portrait painting of Zhong Kui

Although this subject has little to do with our Japanese garden I think it is appropriate to place this article here. We both fell in love with the painting right from the beginning. We first saw this painting during our Grand China tour back in 1992, where we met the son of the artist Xi […]