The Samurai 's Garden By Gail Tsukiyama

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The Samurai’s Garden, written by Gail Tsukiyama, incorporates the various aspect of myth throughout the plot, from how the Japanese worship to the rituals they perform. Stephan-san, a young Chinese man, when he first arrived in Tarumi Japan, discovered the Japanese ritual of being clean. The Japanese in this book had a strong desire to be sanitary in every aspect of their life both physically and morally. They used to be physically clean to visualize being spiritually clean. Another part of the mythology in this novel was the worshipping of the kami deities. These deities dwelled in the shrine near Tarumi and Stephan-san along with Matsu traveled to the shrine to worship and pray to the kami fox deity, the Inari. Two facets of The…show more content…
Cleansing brings about purity and this is an important aspect of wabi cha, which is the name given to the tea ceremony by the Japanese (Yamashita, 11). Along with cleansing themselves through the tea ritual the Japanese people use daily bathing to remain clean both physically and mentally.
The bath was important to the Japanese culture and every night a Japanese family would take turns soaking in their bath in order of seniority to relax after the stresses of the busy day (Wynn, 61). This relaxing in the warm bath after a long day helps to cleanse them both mentally by refreshing their mind and cleansing their soul, and physically by soaking in the soap that they placed in the water. Anthropologist, Scott Clark, believed that bathing in Japan and being able to comprehend the reason you are taking the bath is participating in something that is unique to the Japanese culture (Wynn, 62). This is because cleansing the body in Japanese society means much more than just removing the dirt from the outside of their body but it also symbolizes a deeper cleaning that reaches to the soul. This is the part that makes cleanliness so important to the Japanese. Japan is unique from other cultures because of its relationship among people being built on the act of immersing themselves in water (Wynn, 61). Public baths were popular in early Japan but as the focus on cleanliness became more important to their society, private baths became more popular. Families began to have a bath

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