Monday, June 28, 2010
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Nice photo of a komuso in tengai and foliage.
The title graphic and library sticker further obscures his anonymity.
The Uses of Not
Thirty spokes meet in the hub,
but the empty space between them
is the essence of the wheel.
Pots are formed from clay,
but the empty space between it
is the essence of the pot.
Walls with windows and doors form the house,
but the empty space within it
is the essence of the house.
Monday, June 21, 2010
In Edo Culture: Daily Life and Diversions in Urban Japan, 1600-1868 by Nishiyama Matsunosuke.
On page 124 the author says: "These monks formed an association that functioned as a kind of relief organization for masterless samurai. The way of the komusō was an honorable calling. As a member of the warrior class , a komusō might theoretically be summoned to rout an enemy. Komusō were thus granted freedom to travel anywhere they pleased. They were given the right to use ferries free of charge and even attended the theater without paying admission. Komusō often misused their privileges, however, and were known to wreck havoc on the road or in the villages through which they passed. The bakufu responded to such behavior by repeatedly issuing various prohibitions.
Komusō were required to tour either alone or in pairs; no large groups of komusō roamed the land during the Edo period. Moreover, komusō were not allowed to stay at a location for longer than a day; nor did they have the right to use horses or palanquins. The komusō were, however, never required to remove their basketlike hat. No matter how exalted a presence they might encounter on the road or at an inn, they were not obliged to show their faces. Hence on both the roads and at inns, komusō were highly conspicuous."
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Grand Sensei Tomimori Kyozan (1899-1975) favored the original requiem honkyoku Ken Ko San. This treasured honkyoku became a tradition for the students of his school. Yushin has emailed that Ken Ko San was an original old honkyoku from the Soetsu school.
Ken Ko San is Sensei Morimasa Horiuchi's favorite honkyoku in the Taizan-ha repetoire.
The feeling within this and many other honkyoku honors the spirits of the departed.
Ralph Samuelson has shared that one of his favorite honkyoku combinations is Hi Fu Mi followed by Ken Ko San.