Flower of Kan

To Rhizome Lee, Kan means the qualia of something that does not resonate well. Flower of Kan, hence is being able to resonate with that which is difficult to resonate with (e.g. pain, trauma, disease, blockage shadow, edge).

1. Subtle bodily sensation of the beginning of ‘Kan’

Being gouged and melt
Squeaky air
Birds fly away from the temple
Plants crawl the temple
Stain on the wall infinitely
Blurred flowers wander
The itch
I disappeared into the haze
Whereabouts of the body is placed into body
Multi-Layering of nerve mescaline
Trapped in the mesh of the moment
Rain to diarrhea
A doll smolders Busubusu*
Wire in the body
Locomotive passes through the inside of the body
Consisting by margin
Viewed by the bird’s-eye
Attacked by light
Spider web of light
The ankle biten by rabbit
The internal organs hanging out of the body
Neck of the crane extending from the internal organs
Follow on the waterways of the internal organs
Face which is put painted inside
Blurred face going forward
Breath is sucked up
Breeding of dust
Transformed into the face of the grave keeper
Draft that permeates the back teeth
Open pelvic tail grows
Old woman being kissed
Surrounding exactly what ambiguous
Touch of a fingertip to trace the grain
Being confined to the crystal
Passing of the myriad gaze
Gaze to split the space
Wander the inside of the ear
Burnt feathers
Locked in a small room in the chest
Pulling pus loose
A fool being chased
Girl approaching from a distant forest
Rising up with the darkness gradually
Leaves fall in the cranium one by one

2. Condensed ‘Kan’ on a part of body and mind

Rhizome Lee note: When an unsolved problem stays in the body for a long time, it condenses and causes abnormality of the body. These are the typical ‘Kan’.

Man of pock
Strange person who pinchs
Firm with remaining blured
Child drooling
Internal organ dried up completely
Person with a gibbs
Goya face of pus
Face of the pomegranate tooth
Face of the dried flower
Face being put painted inside
Face blurred forward
Right eye and the left half of the face is melting
Eyes of the cicada of rock
Scabs twitched
Dark sooty face
Face of the forest
Origin of nail and teeth
Small shrine of the eyes and mouth cavity
Absolute saveless face appears
Raisin eyes of an old woman
Man dividing meat

3. Being itself becomes ‘Kan’

Rhizome Lee note: ‘Kan’ developed to the whole body. Being itself transforms ‘Kan’. The final condition of ‘Kan’

Flamen bedridden for 25 years
Stunted young grave keeper
Sloppy girl
Looming horse
Ghost playing the organ
Girl of cataract
Stuffed Flamen
Collapse of the beggar
Smoldering doll ‘Busubusu’
Face of a bear on the back of the mask
Pigeon-toed gecko
Stuffed spider’s web
Generation and dismantling of doll by soil
People who are made ​​of dust
Who have been put paint on the wall


Lee, Rhizome. The Butoh. 2017. Page 208 – 212.

* In Japan, this means a small smoldering fire.

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