Making Philosophy - Part 1 -



The view of nature

- Culture and nature -

By the way, Before the modern era, most of Japanese sculptures and paintings were expressed by multiple lines. The flow of a river, the waves of the ocean, the clouds, have you ever felt a sense of life in the flow of those lines, as if they were something alive?
We believe this is because they were regarded as living things by the ancient people.

The word "nature" as used by the Japanese today is derived from the word "nature". This interpretation came from the West in the 19th century. At that time, there was no word in Japan that corresponded to the Western word "nature," so the closest word "jinen" was applied.
The word "nature" implies that people and nature are separate. However, the original concept of "jinen" was that nature and man are not separate, but that we ourselves are contained within the great nature.

Even today, if we look at nature as an all-encompassing entity with a sense of awe, the spray of waves and the swell of clouds seem to be expressions of something alive rather than natural phenomena.  Perhaps such a feeling would have been quite common in the days when people did not objectify nature. The works they created are so full of life that it seems so.

- Living forms into life -

Even today, the Japanese language incorporates the weather and the changing seasons into everyday greetings. This shows that people's lives are part of nature. The ancient Japanese view of nature is still alive in all of us.

The shape of inori-gumo is based on above concept of nature. In our life, the place where we pray is also the place where our mind goes back to somewhere primal. Therefore, a living form is appropriate for the place. The reason why the shape of inori-gumo undulates like a living thing.

I thought it would bring peace of mind to those who pray.

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When you visit a Shinto shrine, you will find cloud sculptures everywhere.
From ancient times, cloud sculptures have been an indispensable motif in Japanese culture.
At first glance, the cloud carvings seem to be complex, but they are composed mainly of twirly parts and curved lines that represent flow. Artisans have composed these very simple elements. And created a variety of beautiful forms.