Soji: The art of cleaning

Inside Minimalism Nº126

Words by Andō

SOJI (掃除) is the Japanese art of cleaning. 

Practiced in various environments, from Zen monasteries and temples first thing in the morning to schools after lunch, soji is cleaning raised to the level of an art form, and a spiritual practice. 

A bell rings, and for a period of time that follows, everyone cleans. In monasteries, it’s early in t…

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