月別アーカイブ: 1月 2016

I love taking calligraphy lessons! お稽古、楽しい!

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A broken earthenware mortar—we learned it meant “even something excellent turns nothing but useless once it is broken” and thus it expresses “mature mentality of enlightenment”. I will never get a good understanding of the view of Zen.

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壊れたすり鉢——「優れたものでも壊れていては無用の長物」という意味で、それはすなわち「円熟した悟りの境地」を表すそうです。禅の世界観て厄介です。

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Very good haiku! 詠んだ人偉いよね

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I kept trying to take my mother in wheel chair for a walk twice a day if at all possible since early fall last year. And while walking, we have seen these pyracantha fruits many times. Even now, we see these red fruits many times in many places.

This haiku is very well formulated, I thought, with this accurate expression, “malice”.

When looked at directly/

Pyracantha fruits/

Malice with a capital/

Translation and calligraphy by Tomoko

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昨年初秋から、出来るだけ1日2回母を車椅子散歩に連れ出していますが、このピラカンサの赤い実をよく見かけますし、ずっと見かけます。

「悪意」って的確だなと思った訳です。

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I love taking calligraphy lessons! お稽古、楽しい!

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We learned that the phrase meant “treasure had been in your hands all the time”, as in “The Blue Bird”? Anyway, I am afraid my calligraphy indicates my acquisitiveness.

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宝物は既に貴方の手のうちにある、ということらしいので、つまり、青い鳥ですかね。何にしても、ずいぶん欲張りのような字です。

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Peaceful New Year days 今年のお正月

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This year started with warm, sunny, windless and peaceful days. My mother in wheel chair and I enjoyed walking along the Takano River near our place many times. The flowing water twinkled and the floral buds on the cherry trees along the river looked already began growing.

Mother said it was her first time to enjoy such a peaceful, beautiful New Year days and that it would be her last time. You will never know what would become of us in the future, but….

Spent a peaceful, warm New Year/

With mother who is/

Back in her childhood at heart/

Translation and calligraphy by Tomoko

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今年の初めの数日間は本当に好天に恵まれ、風もなく暖かないいお正月でした。車椅子の母と家の近くの高野川べりを何度も散歩しました。川の流れはキラキラと美しかったですし、桜並木の芽は早くも膨らんできているのが見て取れました。

母は「こんないいお正月は初めてだし、もう無いだろう」というようなことを言いました。確かに、先の事は分からないのですけれど・・・。

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First snowfall of the season 初雪の朝

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This morning I woke up to find first snowfall this winter. Because of my poor health in my childhood, my mother would make a snow rabbit for me when I was absent from school with cold, which often happened in winter. I decided to reverse roles now and make one for her, but unfortunately I am too clumsy. She tried to make another try later. However, my old mother seems to have lost dexterity in a hand.

 

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今朝起きると初雪が積もっていました。子供の頃病弱で、冬によく風邪で学校を休んだ私のために、母が雪うさぎを作ってくれました。今、役割を交替しようとしましたが、不器用なのでうまく出来ませんでした。後で母がやり直しましたが、年取った母は同じように不器用です。

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Rainbow-sign of good fortune? 冬の虹

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Actually, I saw this rainbow the photo shows about three weeks ago, when I went out of the nearby grocery store after a hectic shopping for preparation for the New Year. I surely took this photo hoping for many good fortunes in the coming year, however, I had so many chores afterward.

Moderately damp stubs/

Oh, winter rainbow!/

Translation and calligraphy by Tomoko

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実はこの虹を見たのは3週間ぐらい前のことで、近所のスーパーで大慌てのお正月の買い物を済ませて外に出たときでした。新年にいいことが続けばいいなと思って撮っていたのですが、何かと雑用の多い毎日で・・・。

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