‘Ten-Joh, Ten-Ga, Yui-Ga, Dok-Son.’ (in Japanese: 天上天下唯我独尊/てんじょうてんがゆいがどくそん) are the first words spoken by Buddha in Buddhist philosophy.
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This maxim, which translates to 'In this whole world, I respect only myself', is not an arrogant statement about comparing oneself to others; rather, the phrase tells us that each of us is enough and that nothing about us should be added to, changed, or diminished in any systems. We should just be ourselves.
Buddha also states that the ideal human practice is to affirm oneself through nature/truth regardless of one’s property, status, education, health, or difference.
In accordance with this philosophy, this label intends to support and encourage minorities, particularly those living in urban settings with physical and personal challenges, those facing racial and gender barriers, and those in crisis.
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The Tenjoh+Tenga Yui-ga Dokson™️ label was founded by London-based art director Yui Tenya.
She was born in Japan, and spent her childhood in the United States. After graduating from university in Kyoto with a degree in engineering, she pursued post-graduate studies in architecture and fine art in the United Kingdom.
She was inspired to found this brand by the Buddhist practices she experienced at her former base of operations in Kyoto. This project also resulted from her personal difficulties, including the gender and racial conflicts she experienced as a minority. Currently, she is based in London.
The Pride Parade 2017 at Regent Street, Copyright 2020, London, UK.
Although our collective consciousness is gradually changing by supporting Pride initiatives and the Black Lives Matter movement, modern society is still chaotic - it is not enough for some groups to be widely understood when there are so many other minorities whose issues are overlooked.
All residents of a metropolitan city should have hope in their hearts and a modest smile on their faces, without being compared to or ranked against anyone else, which is reflected in the name of our label: Tenjoh + Tenga Yui-ga Dokson.
Therefore, fifty percent of the profits from this label’s products will be donated to organizations that support minorities and those that are developing technologies to address the issues faced by minorities.
Art director | YUI TENYA
Yui Tenya was born in Tsukuba Science City, Japan, and spent her childhood in Boulder, the United States. After graduating from university in Kyoto with a degree in engineering (specializing in civil engineering and the development of observational devices), she pursued post-graduate studies in architecture (MA city design) and fine art (MA sculpture) in London, at the Royal College of Art.
She is the founder of the label Tenjoh + Tenga Yui-ga Dokson™️ and is currently based in West Kensington, London.
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