Unfinished Masterpiece

Unfinished Masterpiece

Unfinished Masterpiece

Unfinished Masterpiece

One would best be served to look upon life as art.

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Art traditionally defined:

1 the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination

2 a skill at doing a specified thing, typically acquired through practice

Here is where one can put away any preconceived notions concerning the arts.

Life can be considered art as per definition 2, and beyond.

The goal of life is to die while creating a one-off extraordinary masterpiece, know as life…

Remember, artist don’t retire—they die or fade away.

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Actually, Reiwa 4 (2022) happens to contain significant milestones—such as the passing of a generation—serendipitously reflected in the divine cycle of life as the newest member of our clan entered the atmosphere and joining the party on May 1, 2022.

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According to the indoctrinated standpoint of the Industrial Education Complex protocol, one would achieved all there ever is in life as specified by the unelected-overlords of this particular universe.

This means being sent off into retirement—a death sentence for those whose whole identity belongs to others, whether religious, corporate, or otherwise.

Indeed, there is now the foul stench of despair in the air, accompanied by hopelessness, which is the direct result of the disconnection from the true nature of oneself and the lurking purpose of destiny in the context on Oneness.

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Recognizing that the art residing inside one’s subconscious-self has been obscured and weakened by the preconceived notions of life imprinted by others.

The reality of one own unique story and journey upon this mortal coil could be consider a piece of art hanging in a far away gallery for the satisfaction and pleasure of the Gods and Goddesses of Oneness.

The final results of one’s masterpiece can only truly be known after the full journey under the sun ends, and the exit into Oneness has transpired.

Most definitely, the quality of art left behind by each individual must be worthy of mention.

Sadly, most lives are lived in quiet desperation working and living someone else’s vision and desire, and the art within abandoned to die.

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Indeed, such selfless personal art can be considered gifts to honour ancestors while leaving signposts for those who come after.

The importance of one’s individual art created into this world cannot be understated as this beauty is all the more necessary in these turbulent times and are a beacon of light countering the bitter ugliness permeating our world.

Therefore, as of this turning point in life, one has felt the calling of a particular piece of art, which has now been recognized.

Like so many things in life—timing is everything.

There is no time like the present, and regardless of the lack of any particular skills to create one’s own masterpiece, consistent daily practice of any new skill is the path the enlightenment and creation of the Way Of One’s Art.

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Coming to Japan in 1987, there was wonderment, awe, and, sometime dismay about these strange new things and customs, that having been surrounding this incidental Occxie for decades.

Wabi-sabi resides in the rare “air.”

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Like many unspoken protocols and conventions of the Japanese, awareness of wabi-sabi is an innate trait, embodied within the spirit of Yamato.

In traditional Japanese aesthetics, wabi-sabi is a world view centred on the acceptance of the transience and imperfection of universal truth.

Wabi-sabi is sometimes described as one of beauty that is imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete.


Wabi-sabi is derived from the Buddhist teaching of the three marks of existence:

sanbōin―the delineation of the three marks of existence

1. mujō―impermanency
2. ku―suffering
3. kū―emptiness or absence of self-nature

Characteristics of the wabi-sabi aesthetics include:

1. asymmetry
2. roughness
3. simplicity
4. economy
5. austerity
6. modesty
7. intimacy

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Once one has recognized and understood wabi-sabi, a deep and meaningful appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural objects and processes.

Wabi-sabi does not translate into any other languages, as these notions are unique to the civilization of the Japanese.

Wabi embodies rustic simplicity, freshness, or quietness, and can be applied to both natural and human-made objects, or understated elegance.

It can also refer to quirks and anomalies arising from the process of construction, which add uniqueness and elegance to the object.

wabi-sabi-bamboo and water

Sabi is beauty or serenity that comes with age, when the life of the object and its impermanence are evidenced in its wear and tear.

With its roots in Buddhist influences from China, wabi-sabi has now evolved into a distinctly Japanese cultural touchstone.


From around 700 years ago, understanding emptiness and imperfection was honoured as tantamount to the first step to enlightenment.

In modern Japan, the meaning of wabi-sabi embodies “wisdom in natural simplicity”.

It can also hold the connotation of “flawed beauty” in particularly in the sphere of art.

One can see wabi-sabi in certain styles of Japanese pottery.

In the Japanese tea ceremony, the pottery items used are often rustic and simple-looking.


Hagiware is an example of this, with shapes that are not quite symmetrical, and colours or textures that appear to emphasize an unrefined or simple style.

It is up to the knowledge and observational ability of the observer to notice and discern the hidden signs of truly excellent design.

One can see wabi-sabi in most things, if one opens the eyes and heart.

Wabi and sabi both suggest sentiments of desolation and solitude.

In the Mahayana Buddhist view of the universe, these may be viewed as positive characteristics, representing liberation from a material world, and transcendence to a simpler life, or what is know in Buddhism as “satori” or “enlightenment.”


Keep in mind as one ponders the meaning of life―genuine understanding of wabi-sabi cannot be achieved through words or language.

Therefore, one must accept wabi-sabi on nonverbal terms, and this may be the most appropriate approach to understand the meaning of wabi-sabi.

In fact, one could say—wabi-sabi describes the meaning of life, and the essence of being a human.

Here, one can learn to live through the senses, and better engage in this mortal sludge in real time, rather than be caught up in unnecessary thoughts, and the incessant chatter of the monkey brain, the root causing of human suffering and pain.

In this sense wabi-sabi, is the material representation of Zen Buddhism.


The universal truth is:

Being surrounded by natural, changing, and unique objects, helps us connect to the real world, and escape one’s chattering “monkey brain.”

In wabi-sabi, one learns to find the most basic, natural objects interesting, fascinating, and beautiful―which is in fact, the true essence of life.

Look around more deeply and pensively at the world that surrounds you, and then one will have begun the wabi-sabi journey into the Sun.

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Miraculous Rock Art

Miraculous Rock Art

Miraculous Rock Art

Miraculous Rock Art

You could consider Akie Nakata to be a rock star of sorts, but not the one that usual comes to mind. 

Akie Nakata is a self-taught artist creating realistic animal designs using small stones and pebbles to make incredible art which you can hold in the palm of your hand.  She started this quirky journey as a stone artist in 2011, while taking a walk along a river bank, she came upon a particular stone that looked like a rabbit. In true Japanese spirit, she is inspired by the natural shapes of each stone and chooses ones she believes already have their own destined characters. “Stones have their own intentions, and I consider my encounters with them as cues to go ahead and paint what I see on them.”  From cats and dogs to owls, mice, and even an entire opossum family, each of Akie’s stone animals look remarkably lifelike. Painting the eyes last, Akie considers her work complete when she sees “the eyes are now alive” She continues on, “To me, completing a piece of work is not about how much detail I draw, but whether I feel the life in the stone.” As you view these magnificent pieces, you can understand what the word “Mastery” means. Currently she lives in Sayama Saitama. 

Check out her Instagram here

Connect with her Facebook page which has 75,000 followers.

Incredible Paper Octopus

Incredible Paper Octopus

Incredible Paper Octopus

Incredible Paper Octopus

What can you do with a single sheet of paper?

Plenty when your name is Masayo Fukuda, who, after seeing her art I now refer to her as Sensai Tensai or “delicacy genius”.

The Japanese are know to be extremely diligent and exceptionally dexterous.

Looking at Masayo Fukuda incredible art work, I would have to say the above statement to be so very true.

The art of paper cutting requires a high degree of patience and a steady hand, and the Japanese artist Masayo Fukuda has undoubtedly mastered this extraordinary skill.

In Japan it is called “kirie” or simply “cut picture” and this traditional practice involves cutting out intricate shapes from a single sheet of paper, placing it in front of a black background to highlight the drawing by contrast.

Ms. Fukuda has been practicing kirie for 25 years and recently showed what she believes to be some of her best work.

This octopus kirie is a most impressive piece of artwork.

Made from a single large sheet of paper, its details reveal the true skill of the artist, which is both astounding and breathtaking, if you even could describe this masterpiece into words.

This incredible artist has the following to say “For me, cutting pictures has become a way of dissipating all the stress of my daily life, and if you want to get started, all the basics you need are tant paper, a cutter, matte, and a good light source.

Fortunately for me, I happen to live just an hour just outside of Tokyo and was able to see the prodigious artwork of Masayo Fukuda at Mason de NEKO on February 21.

Sensai Tensai Masayo Fukuda’s art was everything and more when seen with ones own eyes. The extreme attention to detail of each piece was simply sublime!

Sensai Tensai Masayo Fukuda, was very down-to-earth and truly happy to see us at her exhibition.

Also, thank to Mr. Kentaro Kashimura who is the President of Kabushikigaisha Kazaana, for holding this event and giving Sensai Tensai Masayo Fukuda inspirational art the exposure she deserves for creating such incredible art.

I hope to have featuring Sensai Tensai Masayo Fukuda on a Hidden Gems segment as she talks about her amazing journey and her inspiration to become a master of kirie.

Heartfelt thanks to Land Of The Rising Son web developer Victoria Gazeley of Cabin Design Studio for suggesting Masayo Fukuda and this extraordinary art.