Fujita Tetsuya, Mr. Tornado, invented the scale for tornadoes

In 1971, Fujita Tetsuya (藤田 哲也), a professor at the Chicago University invented the index: “Fujita scale (F scale),” which measures the wind velocity of tornadoes in the United States. More than one thousand tornadoes a year are recorded globally and 3/4 of them are seen in the United States.
Tetsuya’s index became an international standard.
Moreover, he discovered the downburst (a descending jet stream) in 1975 and saved a lot of lives. Read More »

Kaemon Takashima, a businessman who practiced the art of divination and had the first audience with the Emperor Meiji

Kaemon Takashima (高島 嘉右衛門) became engaged in his family business of lumber trade at the age of 14. He predicted, by his original divination, the major earthquake of the Ansei period that hit Edo (Tokyo) in 1855 (Ansei 2). Although, he made great profit from lumber dealings, a storm saddled him with debt. He, then, took advantage of the difference in the monetary exchange rate and profited from foreigners. Because such dealings were illegal at that time, he was sent to prison. He mastered the art of divination during his six years in prison. Read More »

Yamaoka Tesshu 山岡鉄舟

Yamaoka Tesshu 山岡 鉄舟(1836-1888) was an outstanding sword master in the Late Tokugawa Shogunate and the Meiji era, often considered to be the last of the great swordsmen of Japanese martial history. He was also a noted Zen master and an accomplished calligrapher. Read More »

Kano Hogai(狩野芳崖): The Father of Modern Japanese-Style Painting

Kano Hogai 狩野 芳崖 (1828-1888) was a 19th century Japanese painter of the Kano School. His “Avalokitesvara as a Merciful Mother 悲母観音” (1888) is acclaimed as the first masterpiece in the development of modern Japanese-style painting. Read More »

Kukai (空海): Versatile Genius in Japan

Kukai (空海) is one of the intellectual giants in the history of Japan, best known for being the founder of Shingon esoteric Buddhism in Japan. In 804, he went to China and met Master Huiguo (恵果), from whom he received initiation into the lineage of Shingon (真言宗) esoteric Buddhism, and he succeeded his master to become the eighth patriarch. Read More »

ZEN Master Dogen Zenji

Dogen(道元)was a prominent Zen master during Kamakura period(1192-1133) in Japan.  He introduced Zen to Japan in the form of the Soto school of Zen (曹洞宗) and elaborated the meditation practice of shikan taza (只管打坐)or “just sitting.”

Dogen is world-widely known for his collection of Dharma essays, Shobogenzo (正法眼蔵). Read More »