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Kirigami, the extreme art of paper carving

A blade, a continuous exercise to be able to excel, concentration, discipline, constancy and a sheet of paper: this is the world of kirigami, the art of carving paper. From simple two-dimensional shapes to the most complex popup greeting cards to the incredible ethereal three-dimensional art masterpieces exhibited all over the world, this millenary art has its roots in Shinto culture since the 600, then reborn in the Edo era and handed down up to the present day by world-renowned artists, masters of a technique and an art defined by Unesco as an Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
Jean Jaques Sauvage, Iaido 7° dan Kyoshi

Interview with Jean Jaques Sauvage Sensei

Versione Italiana qui Kiryoku team traveled this month across the Alps to the Occitania region to meet a leading figure of French and European Iaido,...
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Ohaguro, teeth blackening

For over a millennium, Japanese men and women dyed their teeth black , as a fashion or because social need, with a practice often combined with face whitening and eyebrow colouring, also to limit emotional communication. Typical phenomenon of the celebrations linked to the passage to adulthood, this habit was interrupted by law only at the beginning of the twentieth century, but it still remains present in Japanese folklore also thanks to Yokai.
Aad van de Wijngaart sensei

Interview with Aad van de Wijngaart Sensei

Versione Italiana qui We are back in the Netherlands for a new appointment with the Kiryoku interviews to learn the story of another high-level European...

Marimo, dancing moss ball considered as lake soul

One of the many Japanese national treasures, Marimo is a typical seaweed typical of the northern island of Hokkaido, often in connection with the native Ainu tradition and certainly commercially exploded, although in recent times only, all over the world. A soft, nice green ball that manages to entertain with its games into the water almost like a small pet and from which it often takes the nickname of "pet companion".