belem lisbon

Belém, Lisbon

belem lisbon

Belém, Lisbon. The port from which the Portuguese missionaries, including João Rodrigues, left for Japan. Rikyu served them tea. Nobunaga bought their muskets. The Catholic mass rituals, especially the cloth purification elements, influenced the development of the Japanese tea ceremony.

“For when the mind intently studies
In itself the world’s reflections,
It becomes their plasma, and the world is what
Creates art, not the mind. Thus
On the plaque the outer moment engraves
Its being, and there endures.”
〜 Ricardo Reis, January 1921