Flower Petals Fall, but the Flower Endures

Flower Petals Fall, but the Flower Endures

The Japanese Philosophy of Transience

Takeuchi Seiichi

Published by JPIC | Hardcover | ISBN 978-4-916055-48-4 | 208 pages | 210mm (h) x 148mm (w) | March 2015

花びらは散る 花は散らない

花びらは散る 花は散らない
竹内 整一 著


About the Book

Life is short and transient—Japanese people call this sentiment mujokan. However, what if we could sweep away the “despair” looming over the present age by proactively accepting this mujo (transience)? Perusing the thought of mujo from the perspectives of philosophy, literature, art and religion, Takeuchi delves into the view of life and death unique to the Japanese people who have shared “grief” and “pain” with each other, as well as into the very core of their underlying spirit. This book presents a full record of his “valedictory lecture” in commemoration of his retirement from the University of Tokyo.

About the Author


Born in Nagano in 1946, Takeuchi followed the doctoral program of the Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology, University of Tokyo. Over a long and distinguished academic career he has been a professor in the Faculty of Letters at the University of Tokyo, a professor at Kamakura Women’s University and is now a professor emeritus at the University of Tokyo. He is also the chairperson of the Japanese Society for Ethics. He specializes in ethics and Japanese intellectual history. His numerous books include ‘Onozukara’ to ‘mizukara’ [‘Onozukara’ and ‘Mizukara’] (Shunjusha), ‘Kanashimi ’ no tetsugaku [The Philosophy of Sorrow] (NHK Books), Nihonjin wa naze ‘sayonara’ to wakarerunoka [Why Japanese Say ‘Sayonara’ on Parting] (Chikuma Shinsho), Nihonjin wa yasashii noka [Are Japanese Genial?] (Chikuma Shinsho), ‘Hakanasa’ to nihonjin [Transience and Japanese People] (Heibonsha Shinsho), Jikochoetsu no shiso [Thought of Self-transcendence] (Perikansha) and Yamatokotoba de tetsugaku suru [Philosophizing in Ancient Japanese] (Shunjusha).