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What does “hyakumangoku” mean?


The Maeda Clan was the largest samurai clan outside the ruling Tokugawa Shogunate. To avoid appearing threatening, much of the wealth was spent not on amassing a military but on developing culture and the arts, which led to the area's moni…

meditation room of dt suzuki museum in kanazawa

The Origin of Zen


The popularity of Zen Buddhism; with its stronger focus on nature, the possibility of spontaneous enlightenment, and an emphasis on mentors and teachers rather than deities; exploded as the developing samurai warrior class adopted its teac…