Enlarge Enlarge Licensing

Zen vases. They are simple, essential, symmetrical, and set up in a formation. Although rock formations in karesansui are in groups, those groups are not typically of four but three. Simple, essential, and symmetrical are American interpretations of what Zen is - disregarding the fact that Zen is a religion with a dogma. We would be hard pressed to sell Jewish vases and toothbrush holders in Japan - an idea recognized immediately for its profoundly incorrect application of the term - but we manage to do a good job of the reverse here in America. Some might say that American consumerism is a religion. If so, perhaps Zen has not been taken out of religious context after all.


This work is licensed under a Public Domain

nfrancis — Last modified Mar 30 2011 8:00 p.m.

Part of these albums

Japanophilia

mpitelka
en


Login or register
to contribute to the Nikkei Album

Welcome to the NEW Nikkei Album!

We've launched Nikkei Album in beta, so everyone can now start uploading and creating their own albums. There may be things that don't work quite right yet. Please email us to report any errors.

Browse the Nikkei Album

Get updates

Sign up for email updates

Journal feed
Events feed
Comments feed

Support this project

Discover Nikkei

Discover Nikkei is a place to connect with others and share the Nikkei experience. To continue to sustain and grow this project, we need your help!

Ways to help >>

A project of the Japanese American National Museum


Major support by The Nippon Foundation