◆ ABOUT THE CULTURE OF WA
The concepts of peace and harmony are the characteristic features of the Japanese wa culture and as such we would like to make them play an active role in our everyday life. That’s the reason we fill our services with the spirit of wa.
Nō actor – Nozomi Kawamoto(Q-DAN) – Umewaka Genshō family of Kanze school
“What the training really is?”
(by Kōrei Deguchi (Korey/Khorey?) – ryūteki bamboo flute musician and composer)
Although there are many ways of expression, from fencing and jūjitsu to other martial and performing arts to the artistic ways of tea, flower arrangement and calligraphy, as well as painting,
one factor is at the base of all of them.
Regardless of what discipline it may be, they all cultivate a certain “pattern” established through
Firstly, let’s take a look at the “pattern training”. If the human body was a computer, a hardware,
then this “pattern” would be its OS, a software. That’s how I perceive it.
I feel that many people learn the “pattern” as if it was a software. They try to “install” it into
themselves as a certain technique. But this way it becomes nothing more than an out-dated empty
shell of once-esteemed ability that in no way can help them deal with ever-changing world around
If we succeed in noticing that the “pattern” is an OS, we will be able to follow a path of becoming a
“master” who holds the power to overcome whatever situation the constant flow of time may bring
Learning the “patter” and its permanent training. Or, as might put it, constant process of
“updating” our body and mind with the repeated cycles of installation and dismount. That is the way
of the master.
I want to stop people from looking at the masters as “the chosen ones” or “the special ones”.
Certainly, there are still people who risk their lives by following ascetic practices, that transform
human body in a way impossible for the ordinary man. But, on the other hand, there are also people
called masters who, with their bodies being ordinary, come to mastery within their fields through the
long years of researching and working out new solutions.
Couldn’t we think of a master as “the person who can properly display innate human abilities” or
“the ultimate ordinary person”?
So, I think, the “training formula” is not about a mere combination of power and technique, but its
main point is to discover and get rid of one’s feelings of futility, wickedness, fatigue and
psychophysical disturbances while repeating a set pattern of actions over and over again. One could
call it a “peeling training”.
The more we do away with this negative features, the more powers and skills we truly need come
into existence. That’s the system here. Isn’t that a part of the Japanese culture?
From the day we are born to the day we become adults, we grow and develop many positive and
During this time we gain much knowledge, many habits and before anyone notices our characters are
full of bends and disturbances, but more or less we become adults.
If the grown up people cannot display their true abilities, eventually their social life and career will
also reach its limits. Similarly to the computer that is out of memory and doesn’t function properly.
On the other hand, if one doesn’t lose children’s imagination, creativity and physical abilities, and in
addition successfully enters adult life … well, that’s how world-famous artists, athletes and activists
are being raised.
It’s a matter of changing the perspective. If the so called “geniuses”, “experts” and “masters” were
thought of as” the ultimate ordinary persons” or the owners of “the ordinary abilities”, most of us
could be simply labeled as “the persons whose abilities are incomplete”.
Hence, the training is a path of return from “incomplete” state to the ordinary one.
You can find this path in the Japanese culture. What’s more, as I mentioned earlier, you can choose
your own way of training from a large variety of options like martial arts, performing arts, tea
ceremony, calligraphy, painting and so much more.