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DADAISM in Japan!

Dada (ダダ) are a humanoid alien race that attacked Earth and started abducting humans to advance some form of research. A character from the Japanese TV show "Utraman".

Jun Tsuji (辻 潤) (1884 - 1944) was a Japanese writer, translator, theater actor, musician, monk and philosopher of anarchism, egoism, nihilism, Dada and Buddhism. There is a book about him - by Erana Jae Taylor, a collection of poems (PDF) and more poems.

Shinkichi Takahash (wiki) (1901 - 1987), Japanese poet and pioneer of Dadaism in Japan. According to Makoto Ueda, he is also the only major Zen poet of modern Japanese literature.

The Art Of Nothingness: Dada, Taoism, And Zen - by Erin Megan Lochmann (2011) (PDF)

Abstract: When examining the art, actions, and writings of Zurich Dadaists it becomes apparent that there is an affinity with Eastern thought, namely Taoism and Zen Buddhism. It cannot be said that Eastern thought directly influenced the artistic production of these Dadaists. However, the philosophy of Dada artists in Zurich mirrors that of Taoism and Zen so strongly that this connection cannot be ignored.

Was Japanese Dada Even Tougher Than Its European Versions? - by Blake Gopnik (2016)

"Today’s Pic illuminates an arm of the international Dada movement about which I was totally ignorant – its Japanese arm. I’m showing the cover of a 1924 issue of the Japanese Dada journal called Mavo, edited by Tatsuo Okada and the Berlin-trained Tomoyoshi MurayamaMavo originally came with a firecracker attached to its cover: How many museums or libraries would want that detail “read” outloud in their halls?"


MAVO was a radical Japanese art movement of the 1920s. The group used an interdisciplinary array of art, to communicate anti-establishment messages. Fueled by responses to industrial development, the MAVO group created works about crisis, peril and uncertainty. (wikipedia)

Dada theory and the current noise scene in Japan (JP only)

Dada movement's influence felt in Tokyo 100 years after launch in Europe

Photo: Swiss Ambassador to Japan Urs Bucher (left) poses for photos with "Dada," a monster in a popular TV series created as an extension of Dadaism, in Tokyo.

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