“Datsuzoku” is a principle of Zen aesthetics, signifying an unconventional state of development,
an escape from the mundane, or the transcendence from habit.
I’m not going to pretend that this is anything short of a philosophy-class-parading-as-a-look-post because that’s really what it is. Scroll through the ramble, or read on. Sumimasen, I can’t help but indulge myself and you in a little description of my current state of mind which happens to be summed up in a single Japanese word: datsuzoku.
Since my arrival in Japan I’ve found myself drowning in inspiration and awe. It’s still surreal to me that I no longer need to spend hours on pinterest to find a creative fix; it’s on my doorstep, it’s in a conbini or a painted road sign, it’s on a sports field, a soda label, it’s in a bar at 11am or in a bento box at 12:20pm.
Simply put, datsuzoku is “freedom from habit, formula or convention. It’s an escape from daily routine – the usual. Spiritual or unworldy. Transcending convention. The notion describes the feeling of surprise and awe one feels at the realization that they can indeed be free from convention and habit – a thought that may seem foreign to one going about their day-to-day-to-day existence. This is new, but it’s okay. I’m capable. There is a solution. When the habitual routine is broken, creativity and resourcefulness appear. Suddenly, you’re wide awake, you’re are on high alert, you’re focused and you’re open to a new solve.”
It’s apparent now; after a long semi-creative-hiatus (pre-Japan) that an interruptive “break” is an integral part of any breakthrough and development in design, and life. I’ve got my genki back.
Let me know your thoughts, experiences or opinions here, or via instagram? I’m a first-time traveller and I’d love to hear about your experiences too.
Until next time (’cause I’m on that datsuko roll and ready to create), arigato gozaimasu.
Top + bell trousers: Zara
Bag: Random shop in Takayama