Forms in Japan

This page is excerpted from Forms in Japan by Yuichiro Kojiro, East-West Center Press, Honolulu, 1965

FORMS OF UNITY
( matome no katachi )

Forms of
Continuation
Forms of
Union
Forms of
Collection
Forms of
Arrangement
Forms of
Enclosure
( Tsuranari ) ( musubi ) ( atsume ) ( kubari ) ( kakomi )
of continuation
of expansion
of opennessof dilation
of tying
of binding
of weaving
of joining
of bracing
of matching
of stopping
of grouping
of gathering
of piling
of layering
of heaping
of bundling
of tightening
of grasping
of felting
of pairing
of distribution
of complement
of surfeit
of discard
of scattering
of wrapping
of enclosing
which surround
of encirclement
which hide
which cover

FORMS OF FORCE
( chikara no katachi )

Forms of
Support
Forms of
Curve
( sasae ) ( magari )
which support
which hook
of tension
which suspend
which hang
which spread
of circling
of curve
of curvature
which rise

FORMS OF ADAPTATION
( yudane no katachie )

Forms of
Fluidity
Forms of
the Natural
( nagare ) ( sonomama )
which droop
which flow
which swirl
which rotate
which smear
of natural things
of inlay
of firing
of texture
of impression

FORMS OF CHANGE
( kawari no katachi )

Forms of
Reduction
Forms by
Twisting
Forms of
Severing
Forms of
Transfiguration
( chijime ) ( hineri ) ( kirihanashi ) ( kuzushi )
which are rolled
which are creased
which are folded
of storing
of bending
of shortening
of twisting
of twining
of dappling
of crumpling
of shavings
of tearing
of chipping
of splitting
of cutting
of severing
of dropping
of removing
of simplification
of difference
of disarrangement
of dancing
of shading
of open-work
of splashing