月別アーカイブ: 4月 2016

Seeing with mental eyes 大事なものが見える

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true eye

If you try to see things with your mental eyes and not with your physical eyes, you get to see the essence of things (, so I heard).

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肉体の目でなくて、心の眼で見ると、総べての本質が見える(らしい)。

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Deity’s agent 狐ですよね

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fox 4.27

I often hear Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine enjoys immeasurable popularity among tourists from abroad. One of my old friends stopped by with some rice crackers related to this shrine. This simple, pleasant taste will never make you bored. I don’t mean to promote the confection, though.

Oh, spring moon!/

It makes me crave for/

Paper-thin rice crackers/

Translation and calligraphy by Tomoko

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外国からの観光客に大人気との伏見稲荷大社。この神社にちなんだお煎餅を友人が持ってきてくれました。飽きのこないお味です。別に宣伝してあげようと思う訳ではありませんが。

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Best friend and grandpa 懐かしい人々

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4.25 G 4,25

In our garden, primrose flowers and gerbera flowers are in bloom side by side. The latter are originally from the garden of my mother’s deceased best friend, and the former were my late grandfather’s favorite flowers. My mother is spending a leisurely time recalling these two important people while enjoying seeing the flowers.

Gerbera petals/

Mix up/

To scarlet/

Translation and calligraphy by Tomoko

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庭にプリムラとガーベラが隣り合って咲いています。

プリムラは祖父が好きだった花で、ガーベラは母の今は亡き親友のお家から来たものです。母はしみじみとこの二人のことを懐かしがっています。

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Blossoms and young leaves この組み合わせが好き

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4.24 4,24

My mother in a wheel chair and I enjoyed cherry blossoms here and there more often than usual. The flowers along this outlet looked gorgeous with the young leaves of maples. Both colors, pink and grass green, contrast favorably.

Young maple leaves/

So lithely put on/

Breeze/

Translation and calligraphy by Tomoko

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車椅子の母と一緒に、あちらこちらの桜をいつもの年よりもたくさん見ました。この疎水べりの桜は、もみじの若葉とともにあって、とても綺麗でした。ピンクも若草色もどちらも映えます。

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Great number of tulips 良く知っている光景

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tu tulips tul

The botanical garden is where I frequented since childhood days. I am perfectly aware that a huge flowerbed of tulips near the main entrance will welcome you firstly.

Tulips/

Gateway to the/

Wonderland/

Translation and calligraphy by Tomoko

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幼い頃から慣れ親しんだ京都の植物園。入り口近くにまずチューリップの花壇のあることはよく知っています。

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

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4.12

When practicing copying great masterpieces from the past, it is essential to try to copy the masters’ breathing rather than copying the letters’ shapes. And it is important to try to avoid showing your own breathing. I am fully aware what that means, but….

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臨書は、形を真似るのではなく、呼吸を真似ること。自分の呼吸で書かないこと。そう言われても、ですね・・・。

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News of peoples’ death アイドル顔好き

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sad news

This year started with an impact shock of the news of death of Mr. David Bowie, which was followed by the same kind of news of Mr. Glenn Frey and Mr. Maurice White. And then, just the other day I was terribly shocked by the sad news that Mr. Keith Emerson passed away.

Music of the band was often referred to as “progressive rock” that made it seem complicated and difficult, and in fact the band exerted a great influence on the music scene. However, those three boys looked so cute after all, and I have loved cute-looking boys all my life.

Dim spring night/

News of someone’s death/

Comes to people in-life/

Translation and calligraphy by Tomoko

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今年はデビッドボウイさんの訃報という衝撃で始まり、その後もグレンフライさん、モーリスホワイトさんなどの訃報が届き、そして先日はキースエマーソンさんが亡くなったとのニュースに愕然としました。

プログレッシブロックとか少々小難しい感じもありましたし、実際音楽シーンに与えた影響は大きかったですが、でも結局のところあの3人はとても可愛かったし、私は昔から一貫して可愛い男の子が大好きだし。

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Blue Bird 既に手中にある宝

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bright in your hands

The phrase means “treasure is in your hands”. I think I know what it touches on, but I really don’t know what exactly the treasure is in my case.

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宝物は手の中にある、とのこと。そうかも知れませんが、実際それが何なのかが分かりません。

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Girls’ favorite 今日こそひな祭り

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D1 D2

As the day before yesterday fell on the first day of March on the old, lunar calendar, naturally, today is the Doll Festival.

I wrote the one on the square paper many years ago, and I myself find it really unskillful! However, somehow I like it and I also like the scroll because the craftsperson did such a wonderful job.

Soft, lively conversation/

On the day of Doll Festival/

Translation and calligraphy by Tomoko

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おとといが旧暦三月一日でしたから、当然今日がひな祭り。

写真の色紙の方は、ずいぶん前に書いたもので、自分でも拙い! と思いますが、何故か好きです。掛け軸の方は、表具屋さんがとても素敵に仕上げてくださったので、好きです。

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Month of March 旧暦三月

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March

The photo shows my work of more three years before, but despite my intention of posting it on March 1st, I kept forgetting about it. And today falls on March 1st on the old, lunar calendar, I finally post it here.

Oh, the month of March/

Freshwater fish/

Moves like a flower petal/

Translation and calligraphy by Tomoko

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この書は3年以上前に書いて、3月1日に使おうとして、何度も忘れてしまっていたものです。今日は旧暦の3月1日なので、ようやく忘れず載せようと思いました。

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Simmering cooking technique これぞ和食?

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fuki okara takenoko food

In order to accommodate my mother’s taste, these days I often cook traditional kind of simmered dishes. I never imagined myself cooking like this when I was young.

Smell of sweet coltsfoots/

On the tips of my fingers/

Lingers something/

Translation and calligraphy by Tomoko

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母が喜ぶので煮物をよく作ります。まさかこういう料理を作る日が来るとは思っていませんでしたが。

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Springtime picnic サンドイッチで

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sadwich travel

Although I never intend to put in a good word about it (in fact, the store worker had a terrible attitude), my mother and I happened to buy sandwiches at a nearby shop of a famous coffeehouse chain and had them on the river bank of the Takano River (in Japanese) enjoying the cherry blossoms which were only early stage of blooming then.

Taking a walk

With one flower petal/

As a gift/

Translation and calligraphy by Tomoko

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別に宣伝したい訳ではありませんが(実際、店員の態度が悪かったし)、近くにある有名なコーヒーのチェーン店でサンドイッチを買って、高野川べりで母とお花見をしながらいただきました。そのときには、まだせいぜい三分咲きでしたが。

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Court of justice 初めての経験

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4.4 4,4

Because of a big, important issue that includes the history, scenery and environment of the community, for the first time in my life, I witnessed a scene of lawyers file a complaint, which were received by the court and then a press conference held afterward.

Actually the cherry blossoms didn’t flower at all at that time unlike this haiku.

Court building/

Amid/

Shower of blossoms/

Translation and calligraphy by Tomoko

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ある用件(地域の歴史・景観・環境などを含む大きな問題)のために、初めて裁判所で弁護士さんが訴状を提出し、裁判所の人がそれを受け取って、その後、記者会見が開かれる、という場面を見ました。

この俳句とは違って、このときは桜はまだまだでしたが。

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Unclear sky and cherry blossoms 花曇り

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4.3 4,3

According to the expectation by many people that the cherry blossoms this year are at their best today, my mother and I went to enjoy them to the river bank of the Takano River (in Japanese).

As my mother is most pleased with the place, we usually walk up and down the bank.

Overcast weather/

In the cherry blossom season/

Took the same way when returning/

Translation and calligraphy by Tomoko

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今日が多分満開だと思われますので、母と高野川べりに桜を見に行きました。

母がその道を喜ぶので、同じところを行ったり来たり。

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