徒然草

According to legend, the Japanese monk Yoshida Kenko was living in his hermitage, inside a Zen temple. He wrote various random things (much like nodes) down on small pieces of paper and stuck them on the wall. After he died, one of his friends took and put them together in a book, the Tsurezuregusa ("Essays in Idleness").

Putting them altogether in a book and reading through from the beginning to the end, the 243 essays can seem to have a linear nature. However, this is not the way that Kenko wrote them, nor was a series of consecutive arguments his intention.

That these are bits and pieces of thoughts, impressions, decriptions, ideas is conveyed by the title.

"Tsure-zure" means "idle" or "leisure". "Gusa" is a compound variant of "kusa" or "grass". To call something "grass" or a weed was a way of saying something was unfinished, rough, random.

So these are random scattered bits of idle thoughts.

This node will become a metanode for a scattered sampling of some of Yoshida Kenko's 13th century nodes.


Great Abbot Pond-in-the-Hole
The Old Letter
The Dew of Adashino
A Rare Book

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