Introduction: Quest for Esotericism

  • Maki Isaka Morinaga


Hiden. This is one of the mesmerizing and yet highly clichéd words in the Japanese lexicon. While generally regarded as belonging to “traditional Japanese culture” vis-à-vis “modernized, high-tech Japan,” this term still boasts popularity in Japan. You can learn flower arrangement and obtain hiden instructions in due course. If you go to the Kabuki-za theater in Tokyo, you may occasionally encounter a famous kabuki actor performing a special opus, the choreography of which has long been ultra-hiden in his family. You might see a TV program that introduces gourmet restaurants in Kyoto, and chances are you would hear the chefs utter this phrase from time to time when explaining their cuisine. Speaking of food, though, hiden is probably in your neighborhood already. Wander up and down a precooked food aisle of a grocery store. There you can locate hiden miso soup, hiden cookie dough, hiden curry, and so on and so forth. What is this hiden thing? What underlies this laconic word?


Survival Stage Establishment Stage Secret Transmission Hiden Scholar Tokugawa Shogun 
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    Komiya Toyotaka, Bashô Zeami Hiden Kan [Bashô, Zeami, hiden, and intuition] (Tokyo: Hakujitsu Shoin, 1947), passim.Google Scholar
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    Miwa Masatane, Kagaku Hiden no Kenky [A study of hiden of poetry studies] (Tokyo: Kazama Shobô, 1994), 3–5, 11–15, 33–45.Google Scholar

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