Monthly Archives: July 2011

Unfinished thoughts, endless possibilities

Into an old pond, a frog leaps. sound of the water ...
into an old pond
a frog leaps
sound of the water …

furu ike ya / kawazu tobikomu / mizu no oto

This is a haiku, which every Japanese knows and loves, by Japan’s most famous poet, Matsuo Bashō (1644 … Read the rest

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Kanji, more than just beautiful writing

The Japanese writing system (Kanji) is expressive, as well as being beautiful.  Kanji characters in general visually resemble what they mean to represent.

Ame (Rain)

Ame (Rain)

Take the kanji for rain.

You don’t really have to know how to pronounce it … Read the rest

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Bubblegum

mother-and-boy-on-bicycleIt was a bright, sunny Miyazaki day complete with blue skies and white, puffy clouds.  I was sitting in my car at a red traffic light near Oyodo river in central Miyazaki.

A young mother with her boy in tow … Read the rest

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