The seasonal phrase for these five days or so is this. It means “Earth gets wet; air gets hot and humid”. I have no objection at all. . この1週間たらずの期間の七十二候の名称です。土が潤って蒸し暑い。その通りです。 . <To the homepage of this website>
Many years ago, my teacher taught us, his students at his school about “intensive practice in summer”. In old times, diligent students of calligraphy had to practice even harder than usual in the hottest season. I remember thinking that I would not be happy about such hard lessons like rigorous training.
This is the seasonal phrase given to these days of end of July. If we only think of the letters, it seems to mean the empress trees begin to bloom first flowers. However, I learned this phrase means the blossoms begin to bear fruits. The flowers are known to bloom in early summer.
When I was doing some net-surfing with no particular purposes, I found out the name of one of my French friends means “radiant ocean”, which impressed me as such a wonderful name. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find what the name of this lady’s husband means, so I wrote the impression he gives me; “gentle and properly confident”. I do hope the couple will be pleased with these gifts from me.
The most delightful compliments about my appearance should be “sense of clarity”. Probably, it is just because I have always had fair skin. Still, I can’t hide a smirk on my face when hearing the phrase.
For the first time in a while, I practiced copying my teacher’s calligraphy. It seems the phrase means “when hearing the voice of eternal verity, my heart is filled with great pleasure”. However, there is a possibility that he intended to put more Buddhist meaning.
The first picture shows a painting that my important friend in Poland sent me. This painting immediately reminded me of a sort of a game played among people of culture in old times; that is, first, a painter draws anything he or she likes and then a calligrapher writes in the margin what he or she is inspired by the drawing. The second picture shows the result; first I added the calligraphy “energy of love” on the same paper, then, I added my paperer framed it into a panel.