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Therein lies the key to understanding pretty nearly every expression of traditional Japanese culture: the passionate attention to form and process. The results are important, of course; otherwise the forms would be empty gestures. But equally important— perhaps more important— is how you get there. Not for nothing are so many of these disciplines, from the tea ceremony to calligraphy to the martial arts, presented to us as Ways; excellence in any one of them depends on doing it the way it’s supposed to be done, according to traditions that may be centuries old. Philosophically, this is all about how rules Guides, Fodor's Travel. Fodor's Tokyo (Full-color Travel Guide) (Kindle Locations 433-437). Travel Distribution. Kindle Edition.

— Process, Means vs. Ends  

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