June 21, 2009
i-ro-ha #5 "ho"
Some of my favorite words start with "ho".
So for today's edition of "i-ro-ha" you may learn more about me than Japan.
hon = book
hondana = bookcase ... some people say you can judge a person's personality from their bookshelves...in that case, I could have all sorts of personalities!
hoshi = star
(by the way the book you can sort of see in the picture... has been with me for about 30 years)
hochoucho = E major ... Chopin's Etude No3. in E major "Vhanson de l'adieu" Op.10-3 is one of my
favorites...(I like Fujiko Hemming's piano performance. She is a pianist who I will post
"ho" is also the sound of relief... when you say "hotto shita" it means "I am relieved."
Another word that starts with "ho" is "honki", which means "earnest" or "seriousness".
In kanji, written by poet and calligrapher Aida Mitsuo (last name comes first in Japanese), it looks like this
"ki" means "mind, spirit" (also means atmosphere).
This is from the cover of a book my dear friend Blossom gave to me a few years ago...
happy and happy, book published by bunka shuppan kyoku)
The title of the book "Honki" comes from a poem in the book also featured on the above cover.
This book contains English translations but for the sake of copyright and stuff...here is my own translation of the poem:
Anythings is fine - just be sure to do it earnestly
It will be fun - if you do it earnestly
You won't get tired - if you do it earnestly
And even if you do get tired - it will be a refreshing kind of tired
As you might be able to tell from the above cover, Aida Mitsuo's form of calligraphy looks care free and not confined to strict rules...
So, in the same vein, without thinking too much, yet being earnest...my attempt at writing the letters for the word "hotaru" which means "firefly"... posing with my firefly stationery!
Here's a sentence using some words we learned today...
Honki de yareba hotto surudeshou.
If you try in earnest, you will surely be relieved.
Now I must earnestly go and make (a late) dinner!
Hope you all had a great weekend!