The Meaning of Kazari
The name Kazari is as current and timeless as when we first adopted it in 1978
Kazari was chosen as our name from the root of the old and original meaning of the verb kazaru has a spiritual connotation ‘to decorate, to adorn’ almost like an offering, and although it has come to mean ‘to exhibit’ or, there is a depth to its meaning that is tasteful not showy, for its own sake. It is a verb often used in association with traditional Japanese aesthetics.
Kazari is a concept that is not limited to the ‘fine arts’ as it might do in the West; it can be applied to all categories including work of artisans and encompasses everything from funky ceramics to ‘cool’ hair accessories for festival days. Kazari is a term used in association with social activities such as tea, literary gatherings and seasonal festivals as these events transmute the ordinary into the extraordinary"
‘Kazari is a transient sensation that through surprise and splendour’ and can take you out of the everyday into the realm of the sacred'
Sourced from: ‘Kazari: Decoration and Display in Japan, 15th –19th centuries’ - British Museum 2003