‘Natural Symbols’ and ‘Learned Symbols’

Further to my post about kamon, and the various posts that I have done about symbolism, which underpins a lot of my research and writing, I thought I would do a post about where my interest in symbolism may have begun and also discuss issues relating to ‘natural symbols’ and ‘learned symbols’. First, let’s begin…

Kamon – The Symbolism of Family Crests in Japan

Thanks to my interest in symbols and symbolism, I have been doing some research about kamon (家紋), ‘family crests’, in Japan. At the moment the research is at a relatively early stage and my knowledge is based primarily on a couple of books that I bought during a trip to Japan in 2020 and some…

“Age of Samurai: Battle for Japan” – Excellent Docu-Drama

I have previously posted about one of my favourite places in Japan being Sekigahara – some of which owes to its place in Japanese history. Although I wouldn’t say that the Sengoku Period is my favourite part of Japanese history, there is something compelling about what happened towards the end of the period and how…

Favourite Places in Japan: Sekigahara

Continuing with my posts about my favourite places in Japan, I’m going to write a bit about another – Sekigahara (関ケ原). Although I have never stayed there, and more often not I just pass through, I have always liked the look of the area and like its special place in Japanese history and culture. The…