I was yesterday in Kyoto with my family and we went to the National museum where a big exhibition on kesas was held:
Transmiting robes, Linking minds, the world of Buddhist kasaya is a great exhibition because one can really look at complex robes as well as very simple nyohoe that used to be worn by Japanese emperors and ancestors.
The most touching kesa was a dark 25 stripes okesa sewn by Dogen. And I can tell you, I gave it a close inspection just to enjoy the beauty of the pattern and the great stitching of our ancestor. I picked it up symbolically, and sang the sutra of the kesa. I did it for everybody in Treeleaf and especially for those busy with fabric, needles, thread and the likes.
http://www.kyohaku.go.jp/eng/tokubetsu/ ... betsu.html
We then paid a visit to the 1001 statues of Kannon in Sanjusangendo ( just next door ) and its radiant loving glow.
A complex and moving field of kannon-waves offered as a mere reflection to the flow of true Kannon in the flesh visiting the place.