Rynshu

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RYNSHU

“Since ancient times, there has been a tradition that people such as the Samurai, the Shoguns, the Emperors, and Artists change their names with the aim of self development and ‘to go beyond themselves’.  For example Hokusai KATSUSHIKA, the famous artist, is know for his multple names. (Sori Gakyojin HOKUSAI, Iitsu…)

These days, a similar tradition is applied especially in the world of Kabuki and Sumo.  Each new generation of artists takes the names of their predecessors.  Furthermore, there is another fact that also characterizes and illustrates this importance of the name choice.  It concerns a Japanese fish called “buri”, which is famous as a symbol of success.  The fish takes a different name at each stage of its existence.  When young, itR