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Japan – from art to life – precision and intentionality by Misha Lyuve

Mar 20, 2011
I strongly feel that one of the ways of holding Japan’s spirit in these tough days is to continue exploring its culture.

The Japanese Art Dealers Association exhibition, small and intimate, allowed me to emmerse into the spirit and culture of Japan. Especially I got fascinated by the two works of Katsushika Hokusai, an 18-19 century painter who was one of the first to become famous and influential in the West. 

Hokusai was completely obsessed with the mount Fuji and created a well-known cycle of thirty-six views of it.  He also  changed his name 30 times during his life: the transformation of style and production of his work was very much tied to transformation of his persona and a name change. 

Fuji in clear weather

Sekiya village by the Sumida River

As I was absorbing his work and other art pieces, I couldn’t help but notice the precision and intentionality that were expressed in the details of clouds, trees, patterns of people’s clothes, grass and texture. Isn’t that what Japanese are known for in the modern life? — electronics, robotics, car-making, medical devices – all require a mastery of intentionality and precision. In fact, experts agree that not many places in the world would take magnitude 9.0 earthquake with as much grace as Japan (read about Japan’s  building code and see the video below), even given many thing that went unexpected.  


One thing that I am confident about is that the Japanese will restore their country. But for now, if you would like to double your donations, here are some easy ways to do it.