Finally here follows the initial part of the book Do-ho and the naikan body of Hiroyuki Noguchi.

“Formerly, the tradition of physical movement used to be the basis of Japanese culture, and sustained it. There had never been a clear systematization of it, despite its natural acceptance. This traditional movement has been by me entitled do-ho, and I am searching for the clarification of its principle and training method through the point of view of the inner perception of the body – naikan.

Japanese culture is a flower that has opened having do-ho as its soil. If the soil gets devastated, this flower will be equally destroyed. Everybody knows that the tea ceremony, the noh theatre and ikebana are artistic modalities of exceptional quality. However, the beauty of these arts is not contained in their forms, but in their movements of pure harmony. For example, the refined ichigo ichie can only be accomplished in the exact moment when the act occurs. When do-ho is harmonized with the ki, people’s concentration density is elevated, thus causing them to be tuned with themselves.

The do-ho of tea adepts is not limited to the tea ceremony, because the way of walking, the manner of seating, the nijiri and the shikko are all proceedings common to xinto ceremonies, to noh and martial arts. Although do-ho has its cultural roots, it transcends borders.”

For a more detailed study written in Portuguese, read the thesis A arte no corpo – “art in the body” by Maria Cecilia Ohno, oriented by Suzi Sperber and which may be accessed at Unicamp virtual library (2007) 
www.bibliotecadigital.unicamp.br/document/?code=vtls000414168

 

In the partial translation of the text The idea of the body in japanese culture and its dismantlement: the kata philosophy, the master Hiroyuki Noguchi writes about the body principles which do-ho retrieves.

 

It is possible to access this text in englesh at www.einklang.com/download/body%20concepts.pdf

The master Hiroyuki Noguchi researched sorts of movements from diverse modalities of popular arts, both traditional and martial, t,hrough the point of view of seitai-ho thus arriving at the body and movement principles he entitled do-ho.

 

Do means movement and ho – technique, thus do-ho is a technique of movement; it is a method which aims, through the sensitization of body movements, to comprehend the kata principles contained in traditional Japanese culture.

Do-ho is the basis of seitai-ho and of its practitioners who act on various arts - dance, theatre, music, plastic and visual arts, tea ceremony etc. The Do-ho Project was created in 1996 having as its proposals the dissemination of do-ho, the research of the possibilities of this technique alongside art, and the exchange between practicing artists. It is conducted by Hiroyuki Noguchi in Japan and by Toshi Tanaka in Brazil.

Haruchika Noguchi

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from its origin
the wind blows
and keeps blowing until today
the wind of today
is the same that has been blowing
since its origin

Do-ho: basic principle of body movement

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