Time Pressure and Boredom in Medieval Japan
Raji Steineck and Simone Müller in conversation with Martina Froehlich
Held at Asia Society Switzerland on October 25, 2023
Time, a seemingly universal dimension, reveals its diverse facets across societies, historical epochs, and cultural contexts. The research project TIMEJ at the University of Zurich presents a fresh perspective on time in Medieval Japan, a concept far from unified. From the timeless corridors of Zen monasteries to bustling markets and the refined courts, we’ll unravel the diverse ways in which time was perceived, experienced, and negotiated.
Imagine a lovelorn young lady-in-waiting from medieval Japanese poetry, her nights sleepless, perceiving time as a monotonous rhythm. Can you relate with her? Time is not just a physical entity but goes beyond the mere ticking of clocks. It embodies a human experience, collectively shared yet profoundly personal.
Top Image: Detail from Tokiwa Gozen by Eishun Toshiyasu, ink and color on silk, Richard Lane Collection, Honolulu Museum of Art, accession 2006.0140