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June 23, 2014

Chomei (My Ten-Foot Hut)

Kamo no Chōmei was a Japanese author and poet. He lived through a series disasters, both natural and personal, and, having lost his political backing, was passed over for promotion within the Shinto shrine that was associated with his family. So he decided to turn his back on society, took Buddhist vows, and became a recluse. His most well-known essay is called Hōjōki ("An Account of a Ten-Foot-Square Hut")

[1] Though the river's current never fails, the water passing, moment by moment, is never the same. Where the current pools, bubbles form on the surface, bursting and disappearing as others rise to replace them, none lasting long. In this world, people and their dwelling places are like that, always changing. --------Kamo no Chōmei