Posts Tagged ‘ Shintoism ’

Interfacing the Anthropocene Part I | FOP

from the Rubin Museum  (otafuku “beauty and good fortune,” horned mask for village ceremonies, ko-omote (young woman) Usofuki, “whistler” from Kyogen, and the “trickster” fox/kitsune).

Donald Keene has written that looking at Nō masks is like “seeing a voice.”

Interfacing the Anthropocene Part I | FOP.

Basho’s Ghost by Sam Hamill / Kyoto Journal

Basho’s Ghost | Kyoto Journal.

Eco-Shinto or eco-nationalism? (Part One) / Green Shinto

Eco-Shinto or eco-nationalism? (Part One) | Green Shinto.

Blogging the Periodic Table / by Sam Kean — Slate


The MAN’YŌSHŪ (万葉集),  or Collection of Ten Thousand Leaves, is the oldest existing anthology of Japanese poetry, having been compiled around 759 C.E. It consists mainly of 4,500 short poems or tanka, written and collected from every class of society,  many by women, over a period of 440 years. Tanka traditionally consist of 31 syllables in 5 lines of a
5-7-5-7-7 pattern — easy to count on the hand and so to memorize.  The MAN’YŌSHŪ poets experienced interconnection with all life forms, organic and inorganic, as an  inherent quality of their daily spiritual and cultural lives and expressed in Shintoism as well as poetry. When they spoke-wrote poetry it was experienced as naturally akin to a clap of thunder, a raindrop, the cry of the hototogisu, or an in- and out-breath. I like to think that poetry is an as yet undiscovered element for the ever-expanding Periodic Table. So, let’s begin with Sam Kean’s ‘A’ for antimony in Slate\’s Periodic Table .  – Donna Fleischer