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Chagake Gassan for Boys Day Daitokuji Yukio Yodo

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Chagake Gassan for Boys Day Daitokuji Yukio Yodo

The Koan, Dokuza Daiyuhou, or simply sitting is the pinnacle represents not only that the simple act of doing meditation is the best thing, but according to Yamada Mumon, the noted Zen master at Myoshinji states that to appreciate that you yourself exist in this world and that you appreciate everything is the heart of this koan. (From Mumon Zenshu, Yamada Mumon).

The koan is an interesting koan in relation to the image, the kabuto or a helmet for a samurai armor is not only a motif for boys day in Japan, but reminds one of a Japanese proverb, when you win tie your helmet tighter. The proverb can be interpreted as even if you have a great victory, do not sit on your laurels. Many tend to idealize the samurai but forget the dirty and bloody work they do to keep their lands and honor. At the end of the day or a battle, all they feel is the appreciation that came back alive to see their wife or family.

The calligraphy is done by the Daitokuji priest, Yukio Yodo (1912-) Born in Hyogo, Yukio Yodo was trained by the noted master Seki Seisetsu. Yodo has served as an administrator for the Daitokuji branch of Rinzai Zen and is now serving abbot at Soukeiji in Hyogo. Soukeiji is also known as Takuanji where Takuan Soho revived the temple in 1616.

Artist for the Kabuto is Unsen.

Scroll is in great condition, comes with a tomobako signed by Yukio Yodo himself.

Age: Late Showa, circa 1970-1980.

Size: 54cm x 123.5cm or 21.2" x 48.6"

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