At the Boston Museum, I found unique Zenga, Japanese Zen style art, created by Takashi Murakami. Zenga is a style of Japanese calligraphy and painting, done in ink. In many instances, both calligraphy and image will be in the same piece. The calligraphy denotes a poem, or saying, that teaches some element of the true path
of Zen. The brush painting is characteristically simple, bold and abstract. Though Zen Buddhism had arrived in Japan at the end of the 12th-century, Zenga (as here described) didn’t come into its own until the beginning of the Edo period in 1600.