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icynorth
8th October 2002, 03:35
What is the literal and meaningful difference between Kancho and Shiso?

Soulend
12th October 2002, 17:55
Kancho means 'leader of the hall', and is often the inheritor of a tradition. I think Shiso is the founder of a tradition.

P Goldsbury
13th October 2002, 03:53
Originally posted by icynorth
What is the literal and meaningful difference between Kancho and Shiso?

Kan-chou is written as ْ and literally denotes the head, or director, of a hall, and by extension, an institution like a library. The heads of the Yoshinkan, an aikido dojo and the organisation centred on the dojo, and Shiseikan, a dojo attached to the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, are both called Kanchou.

Shiso is written as nc and literally denotes a creator or originator of something. The Daijirin dictionary (p.1060) gives the meanings as: (1) 镨n߂?l, for example, ?̎nc (the creator if the Itto-ryu sword school); (2) T?@ŒB?tƂ?. (the name given to the person who took Zen Buddhism to China).

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