Knowledge is like a vast mountain you might never conquer, but the trip is still worth it.
Japanese culture has always appreciated knowledge, learning and beauty. Learning is accompanied by the concept of shoshin, the mind of a novice that has been described in many ways: as ‘the correct manner’ or as resplendent as ‘flowers and the autumn colours’. Shoshin is openness without prejudice, it’s modesty and humility, and incompatible with self-importance or conceit. Knowledge is like a vast mountain you might never conquer. But the trip is still worth it.
Shoshin – The Mind of a Novice has moments in the world of Japanese beauty, aesthetics and philosophy. The illustrations are woodblock prints capturing the instantaneous and hedonistic lightness of the floating world.
Helsinki Literary Agency Urpu Strellman
Dr Minna Eväsoja is a scholar of Japanese culture. She has worked as a professor at the University of Helsinki, studied at the Urasenke traditional tea ceremony school in Japan, as well as at the universities of Kōbe and Takarazuka. Her Sensei has taught her to trust her own vision, all the while gently accepting the limits of her knowledge.