This is only the second letter but it is probably going to be the hardest one to feature.
There aren’t very many names that start with “ro”…. Rosanjin!
Rosanjin is a famous calligrapher, potter and food critique. He passed away 50 years ago but his philosophy on food and the dishes that they should be served on has continued to influence Japanese cuisine.
I wish I could take a picture of the real thing, but this will have to do for today...
a book about Rosanjin and his ceramics.
The most well used word that starts with “ro” would have to be…
the number 6 = 六 = ろく= roku
Other words that start with “ro”:
roba = donkey
roudou = labor
("rou" is pronounced like "row" in "row a boat" but the "r" sound is actually in between an L and an R... it can be very hard to say correctly at first)
roudoku = reading aloud
rouka = hallway, passageway
There is a very strange passageway in Osaka.
There is “trick art” painted on the walls.
rou = wax
rousoku = candle = ろうそく
These are Wa (Japanese) Rousoku. Traditional Japanese candles are “vegetarian”. They are made from wax taken from wax trees.
The candles in my picture are about 9cm in length and will stay lit for about 55 minutes each.
Wa Rousoku need tending to.
You can’t just light one and walk away. The wick needs to be cut off after a while so that the flame doesn’t get too big and start to smoke.
You could call this inconvenient but the purpose of the candle is not just to light a room.
A candle is also used for guiding the soul…
In Japan when you pray to your ancestors there is almost always a candle lit. Whether the religion is Shinto (like my mother’s side of the family) or Buddhism (like my husband’s side of the family) there is a candle.
In Shinto there is often more than one candle.
Buddhists light one candle and with that flame you burn incense.
When you tend to the light of a candle it becomes a natural way of meditation.
Be careful not to cut off too much of the wick, make sure you cut off enough.
The light of a Wa Rousoku is bright enough to read by…even the tiny one that I lit.
roudoku by rousoku
(reading aloud by candelight)