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“Living every moment, turning to the moon, to snow, to cherry blossom, to red maple leaves, singing songs, drinking saké, taking comfort, forgetting reality, not concerning about misery, not being deterred, being like an empty pumkin that floats downstream: this is what I call Ukyo.”
So used to write the buddhist monk Asai Ryoi in his book Ukyo Monogatari (a tale of the floating world), where he describes japanese lifestyle dedicated to pleasure, or better to Carpe Diem, in order to reach ataraxia, a state of ascetism, because the world is deceitful and illusory and only going beyond emotions the reach of illumination is possible.
Ukyo also became an artistic movement; famous japanese prints, life scenes of geishas and samurai, Kabuki theatre, poems and landscapes belong to the Ukyo movement.
Yesterday we visited an exhibition in Pavia, “Hokusai, Hiroshige, Utamaro, masterpieces of japanese art”, that gave me inspiration not to talk about the influence of japanese art in Europe during XIX century, I am not the right person, but about the care that japanese women reserve themselves traditionally. We have such a lot to learn!
Their rituals are essentially based on layering,that means a number of treatments intended to maximize skin’s splendour. Layering always begins with cleansing (at night even a double cleansing: oil to remove make up and then wash to remove oil).
Second step is the tonic lotion, necessary to complete face cleansing and then serum, that goes to stimulate and deeply nourish skin’s cells, and then cream to complete the serum effects.
Japanese women also take care of their skin with several treatments, such as scrubs, or masks every week.
You may say their “rituals” are not so different from ours, but the real secret is consciousness: consciousness of time we are dedicating to ourselves, of love and desire to feel fine in our skin because any of us really deserves to be her “best version”.