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Creation Date: 04-26-2010 10:46 PM
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the water does not try
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and the moon has no desire
to be reflected
but when the clouds clear
there is the moon in the water
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  #130 New 09-08-2012 10:22 AM
shadow
Tozando by Design 1st



And so it has come to be that the beauty of a Japanese room depends on a variation of shadows,
heavy shadows against light shadows - it has nothing else
Junichiro Tanizaki, In Praise of Shadows


We lingered wordless while a tall
Shade enclouded the shadow's cast.
Allen Tate, Shadow and Shade


The present is the ever moving shadow that divides yesterday from tomorrow.
Frank Lloyd Wright (architect), Night is but a Shadow Cast by the Sun


The shadow of the Venetian blind on the painted wall,
Shadows of the snake-plant and cacti, the plaster animals,
Focus the tragic melancholy of the bright stare
Into nowhere, a hole like the black holes in space.
John Ashbery, Forties Flick


Between the conception
And the creation
Between the emotion
And the response
Falls the Shadow
T S Eliot, The Hollow Men



Recently I saw an interesting profile of an American architect. He lives and works in Kyoto. His name is Geoffrey P Moussas. One of his interests is renovating machiya. Machiya are traditional Japanese town houses. The results are very beautiful. Check out the Design 1st site.

He became interested in Japanese architecture after reading In Praise of Shadows by Junichiro Tanizaki. He said that in his architecture studies he had been learning how to use light. But after reading the book he realized that there was another approach. In Japan people used shadow.

I thought it was very interesting. Looking at the same thing from a completely different direction. I like taking photos. Photography is also using light. Painting with light even. For example a lighting technique used for portraits is called Rembrandt lighting. But I had never thought of photography as also painting with shadow.

In a nice coincidence one of the projects on Geoffrey Moussas's home page is Tozando. The martial arts supplier. It looks fantastic.

And for the last few hundred years one of the main schools of the Japanese sword is called Shinkage Ryu. The new shadow school.

Niall


background articles

http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/shadow-and-shade/
Allen Tate, Shadow and Shade

http://www.poemadeamor.net/search/label/John%20Ashbery
John Ashbery, Forties Flick and other poems with Spanish translations

http://aduni.org/~heather/occs/honors/Poem.htm
T S Eliot, The Hollow Men with detailed notes

http://www.design1st.net/en/profile/index.php
http://design1st.net/ja/projects/index.php

http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/columns/0003/inroads013.htm

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2002...ardianreview25

http://hokodome.blogspot.jp/
http://www.shogoin.com/
http://tozando.com/international/accessmap.html

http://www.newsweekjapan.jp/stories/.../post-1266.php

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Machiya
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tanizaki_Junichiro
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_Praise_of_Shadows
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mak...isters_(novel)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shinkage-ry%C5%AB
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yagy%C5...nkage-ry%C5%AB


photo: Tozando by Design 1st


my home page with a mirror of these blog posts plus other stuff: mooninthewater.net/aikido


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