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A Pause in Time, An Emptiness in Space: Ma in Japanese Bamboo Art

The Japanese word Ma is often translated into English as “space” or “pause,” but this single syllable encompasses an array of meanings and concepts that cannot easily be expressed in words. The Heart Sutra, a foundational Buddhist text, asserts that “emptiness is form, form is emptiness.” This apparent paradox reflects a core philosophy in Japanese art and culture, one essential to the distinct aesthetics of Japanese bamboo art: absence is as powerful as presence.

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Hisatomi Muan
Hisatomi Muan
Higashi Kiyokazu
Higashi Kiyokazu
Honma Hideaki
Honma Hideaki
Morigami Jin
Morigami Jin
Isohi Setsuko
Isohi Setsuko
Sugiura Noriyoshi
Sugiura Noriyoshi
Kajiwara Koho
Kajiwara Koho
Sasai Fumie
Sasai Fumie
Tanioka Shigeo
Tanioka Shigeo
Tanaka Kyokusho
Tanaka Kyokusho
Fujinuma Noboru
Fujinuma Noboru
Fujitsuka Shosei
Fujitsuka Shosei
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