Monday, October 12, 2015


Takuan Sōhō died in 1645. The moment before his death, Takuan painted the Chinese character 夢 ("dream").

TOKAI-JI: Strolling in a dream

"Takuan’s tomb, marked by a round natural stone, occupies an atoll of calm amid the hissing of passing bullet trains, surrounded as it is by a clutter of old tombstones moved from long-lost subsidiary temples."

His greatest legacy? Pickled radish.

Now go back to sleep.

And dream on...

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