ZEN-KAIZEN AT AMA is a Joint Endeavour of the Japan Information & Study Centre at the Ahmedabad Management Association (AMA) and the Indo-Japan Friendship Association (IJFA), Gujarat supported by the Hyogo International Association (HIA), Japan to promote the Kaizen Spirit of ‘Forever in Pursuit for Excellence’ and Japanese Soft Skills & Business Culture.
In appreciation of the pioneering role played by AMA and IJFA in nurturing the Sister-State Alliance between Hyogo and Gujarat, on behalf of the Hyogo Prefectural Government, the Hyogo International Association dispatched as a Gift to AMA a Shipment of artistic and decorative Awaji Tiles, a Specialty Product of Hyogo, for use in the Garden Project Pavements, Gazebo and Wall. Zen-Kaizen at AMA graciously acknowledges this magnanimous gesture to further the Hyogo Gujarat Friendship Mission.
Set up with the Vision of facilitating Meditative Learning in the Scintillating Ambience of a Kaizen Hall and Gorgeous Elegance of a Traditional Japanese Zen Garden, Zen-Kaizen at AMA showcases several elements of Japanese Art, Culture, Landscape and Architecture unfolding Japan in its Vibrant Colour and Splendour!
ELEMENTS OF ZEN-KAIZEN AT AMA
Welcome Tray at AMA in Classic Japanese Bonsai Style
Bonsai (literally meaning ‘planted in a tray’) is an art form using cultivation techniques to produce small trees in containers that mimic the shape and scale of full-size trees. Bonsai refers to miniaturized, container-grown trees adhering to Japanese tradition and principles. Bonsai have come to be accepted as symbols of harmony, balance, patience, or even luck.
Dry Garden Landscape with Rock, Gravel, Chips & Sand
The first Zen Gardens came to be created by Buddhist Monks to encourage meditation. Using sand, rocks and pebbles, these miniature stylized landscapes recreate the essence of nature and help evoke calm, tranquillity and peace. Raking the sand into swirling patterns is relaxing, and looking at the lines helps you focus. The symbolism of the stones in a Zen Garden is its key design element.
Cascade of Water flowing over Rocks in a Japanese Garden
Zen Garden Waterfalls represent the flow of life. Like a river, it is ever changing but its essence remains the same. Philosophically, a Waterfall (Taki in Japanese) symbolizes the permanent impermanence of the Universe as preached in Buddhist thought. In Zen Gardens, Waterfalls can be of water or even cascades of stone or sand suggesting the fall of water.
World Famed Amdavadi Bird Feeder in Japanese Pagoda Style
Chabutro or Bird Feeder, derived from the Gujarati word Kabutar or Pigeon, is a tower-like structure with an artistic canopy to place grains and water for birds. Ahmedabad, acknowledged by UNESCO as India’s first World Heritage City proudly boasts of this landmark and the Fusion Chabutro with its Pagoda Style top subtly symbolises Indo-Japanese Friendship and closeness of Zen to Nature and Birds.
GLORY OF TORII
Iconic Vermilion Gate to a Japanese Shinto Shrine
Torii is a traditional Japanese gate, commonly found at the entrance of a Shinto Shrine, where it symbolically marks the transition from the mundane to the sacred. According to several scholars, Torii, both etymologically and architecturally, was inspired from Torana, the free-standing ornamentally arched ceremonial gateway in the Hindu Culture.
Traditional Sliding Door & Round Window in Japanese Architecture
Used in traditional Japanese Architecture, Shoji represent sliding doors or windows made with lattice frames and covered with translucent sheets. They typically act as room dividers to provide privacy and softly diffuse light throughout the house.Traditionally, Shoji screens were used as decorative displays depicting legends and elements of Japanese history.
AMA’s New Learning Decor Symbolising Ethos for Excellence
AMA’s Mission to be ‘Forever in Pursuit of Excellence’ has been aptly reflected in its Passion to promote the Kaizen Spirit for Continuous Improvement! The sparkling décor of the Kaizen Hall in the backdrop of the scintillating beauty of the Zen Garden sets up the perfect ambience for the Japanese Soft Skills & Business Culture Learning to be conducted by the Kaizen Academy.
Japan’s Acclaimed Kimono Design in Colourful Scroll Art
The traditional Japanese national dress Kimono has earned name and fame, not only for its colourful splendour and elegance, but also for its exquisite artistry and flair. Kakemono, Japanese hanging scrolls for exhibiting paintings and calligraphy, have also featured astounding Kimono Artwork in vintage style.
Exquisite Japanese Gold Leaf Art on Silk
Nihonga is a traditional Japanese style of painting, using classical painting materials such as paper or silk, outlined in sumi ink and mixed in nikawa, an animal-derived gelatine or glue, with lamp-black. For decorative effects, finely beaten gold, platinum or silver are used as metallic leaf for backgrounds.
Japan’s Fabled Fish Shaped Carp Streamers Flown on Festivities
Koinobori, meaning ‘carp streamers’ in Japanese, are flown to celebrate a traditional event, now designated as Children’s Day in Japan. Koinobori symbolises success and advancement for children. The top carp streamer is black, representing father of the household, followed by a smaller red to represent eldest son and then blue, green, purple or orange for subsequent boys in the family.
3D ART MURAL
Iconographic Japanese Art in 3D Wall Mural
Japanese Art covers a wide range of art styles and media, including ancient pottery, sculpture, ink painting and calligraphy on silk and paper, Ukiyo-e paintings and woodblock prints, ceramics, origami, and more. The decorative 3-D Wall Mural at Zen-Kaizen, artistically showcases celebrated Japanese elements of Sakura or Cherry Blossom, national flower Chrysanthemum, Sacred Mount Fuji, Green Pheasant, Koi Fish and the Rising Sun.
Royal Garden Pavilion Decorated with Awaji Tiles Roofing
A Pavilion (Azumaya in Japanese) is an integral part of a Japanese Garden. Japan has both traditional and contemporary Tea Houses that practice its celebrated Tea Ceremony. The Garden Pavilion at AMA, named as the ‘AMA Azumaya,’ has been decorated with a Special Roof Design using the traditional Awaji Tiles gifted by the Hyogo International Association.
Water Basin for Ritual Cleansing before Garden Tea Ceremony
Tsukubai is a Stone Washbasin at the entrance of a Tea Ceremony Pavilion to enable visitors to purify themselves through the ritual washing of hands and rinsing of mouth. A bamboo ladle is used to scoop the water out from the stone basin. The basin is kept at a low height, making people to bow down to the ground, an action symbolising humility.
Statue of the Grand Buddha Nofukuji at Kobe, Hyogo
Daibutsu meaning ‘Giant Buddha’ represent large statues of Buddha. Nofukuji Daibutsu in Hyogo Prefecture is a very historic temple established in the Eighth Century. It is ranked as one of the Three Great Buddhas of Japan. Inspired by the Hyogo-Gujarat Sister State Relationship and Hyogo Prefecture’s magnanimous gesture in supporting the Zen-Kaizen Project, Hyogo Daibutsu has been replicated in the Zen Garden by AMA/IJFA.
TORO THE HERO
Legendary Pagoda Style Japanese Stone Lanterns
Japanese Lanterns known as Toro were originally used in Buddhist temples to light pathways and symbolise that the teachings of the Buddha help overcome the darkness of ignorance. Made from Stone, Wood or Metal, these Lanterns are exquisitely carved and are truly elaborate pieces of art and architecture.
RED BRIDGE GUZEI
Magnificent Japanese Garden Red Bridge
Guzei in Japanese meaning the ‘Red Arched Bridge,’ is an iconic landmark of all traditional gardens in Japan. In the language of Zen, Guzei symbolically represents the transitional journey from the Physical World to the Realm of the Spirit, with its red colour representing the sacred, as well as wisdom, enlightenment and transformation.
Exterior of Kaizen Academy
Supported by KHS Machinery and Mr. Yatindra Sharma, the Kaizen Academy is set up with the Vision of facilitating Meditative Learning in the Scintillating Ambience of Kaizen Hall and Gorgeous Elegance of a Traditional Japanese Zen Garden.
Interior of Kaizen Academy
The Kaizen Academy aspires to promote the Kaizen Spirit of ‘Forever in Pursuit for Excellence’ and strengthen bilateral economic cooperation between Gujarat and Japan through a wide range of Training Programs for Developing Japanese Soft Skills and Business Culture
Kaizen Hall Twilight View with Soft Lighting on Torii and Murals
Garden view through the Shoji Sliding Door of the Kaizen Hall
Exquisite Nihonga Paintings & Kimono Scrolls in the Kaizen Hall
Authentic Traditional Japanese Interior Décor in the Kaizen Hall