Zen Buddhism and Art in Japan

Zen Buddhism: Detail of Jurojin-portrait-by-Sesson

The National Asian Art Museum’s medieval Zen collections are currently on show at the Freer Gallery in an exhibition that brings together works from Japan and China to illustrate the visual, spiritual, and philosophical power of Zen in Japan. Chan… Continue reading

Japanese Gardens: Impressions of Beauty

Ryoanji Temple, Kyoto

Having looked at many gardens around the world and pottered about in my own for a decade or two, I have come to feel that those of Japan and the British Isles seem to best delight the eye and stimulate… Continue reading