Three Japanese Traditional “Do”s
In Japan, trying to master a specific culture over a long period of time is expressed by using a word “do”. As with Aikido and Budo, a name of this application “TABIDO” also implies that we would like you to become a master of travel. In that context, there are three “do”s as traditional arts unique to Japan. Those are sado (tea ceremony), kado (Japanese-style flower arrangement), and shodo (calligraphy).
Sado (tea ceremony)
Sado (tea ceremony) is a culture to serve guests green tea in accordance with the traditional style and rules of behaviors. It is said to originally come from China in the Tang Dynasty. Sado, based on the idea of Zen, has created a spiritual culture called "Wabi / Sabi". Sen no Rikyu completely mastered it and established "Wabi-cha".
In sado, it is very important not only to enjoy tea all together but also to concentrate your mind on making tea in a quiet space, a tea room, so as to look back on yourself and improve your spirit. In addition, there is a phrase "Ichigo Ichie" in sado, which means that we should do our best for a person in front of us, because we may be able to encounter him/her once in a lifetime. Among the various rules in sado, it is the most important to have tea, embracing such spirits and respecting others. Tradition of sado has also lived in a tea room and tea garden. You should enjoy these things as well.
Kado(Japanese-style flower arrangement)
Kado (Japanese-style flower arrangement) is an art to cut, arrange, and appreciate seasonal plants in a flower vase, expressing their beauty. The flower decorating culture began with offering flowers in front of a Buddhist altar in ancient times. After that, flowers have become regarded as precious lives rather than beautiful objects. Finally, the history of kado started. Kado is similar to the western-style flower arrangement. However, kado is largely different from the flower arrangement in putting emphasis on consciousness and attitude toward flowers, and respecting polite behaviors. In those points, Japanese tradition has lived. "Ikebana" that people can easily enjoy decorating flowers spread in and after the middle Edo period, and various schools were born. Recently, free and innovative "Ikebana" has emerged, which breaks the conventional style. Japanese history and culture are linked not only to the tea room and an alcove in a guest room, but also to flowers decorated at hotels, etc.
Shodo (calligraphy) is also one of the important Japanese traditional cultures. It is an art to write kanji and kana characters, as well as sentences, using brush and ink according to a prescribed font type. It is a culture that came from China, and independently developed as an essential culture for aristocrats and samurai from 500 AD to 600 AD. As it has been recognized as an art, many people are active as shodo artists. At the same time, shodo has penetrated into lives of Japanese people, for example, they write New Year 's cards with brush and ink.
It is also said that "Kodo (incense burning)" should be included in the three “do”s, instead of shodo. Kodo is a session to enjoy respective unique incense. In the session, guests guess some kinds of scents according to rules. However, it is not the purpose. The most important thing is to enjoy various fantasies through the scents. Therefore, instead of "sniffing" the scent, we correctly express it as "listening" to it.