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moon in the water Blog Tools Rating: Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 04-26-2010 10:46 PM
the water does not try
to reflect the moon
and the moon has no desire
to be reflected
but when the clouds clear
there is the moon in the water
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In General cold/hot Entry Tools Rating: 5 Stars!
  #43 New 02-17-2011 09:00 PM


koubai no
haru wo osaeru
eda no yuki

snow again
holding back the spring
but on a branch
plum blossom

The train came out of the long tunnel into the snow country.

Snow Country by Yasunari Kawabata (the great first line of the novel)

Keep the heart hot and the head cool in the Plaza de Toros - that is the whole secret.
Ballerina (Theme for Ballet) by Vicki Baum (the Plaza de Toros is the place of the bullfight)

In Japanese there is a saying, san kan shi on 三寒四温. Three cold, four warm. It can mean that three days of cold weather will be followed by four days of warm weather. But there's another meaning. Just when the weather is starting to get warm and you think the spring might finally be coming, the cold weather comes back again. Last week was warm in Japan and we thought spring was coming. Then there was a sudden snowfall. So the spring is not here yet.

In Japanese there are two basic characters for cold. The first is cold as in temperature: kan or samui 寒 (Japanese characters often have several pronunciations or readings). We use this word in the martial arts in kangeiko 寒稽古 - training at the coldest time of year. The second is cold to the touch: rei or tsumetai or hieru or sameru 冷.

There are two main characters for hot too. The first is hot as in heat: sho or atsui 暑. We use this word in budo in shochugeiko 暑中稽古- special summer training in the hottest weather.

And the second character is hot to the touch: netsu or atsui 熱. Netsu is used in the phrase nesshin 熱心 - hot heart. We use that in budo too. It means to do something eagerly and full of energy and passion. However experienced we become we should never forget that passion.

So keep your heart hot and your head cool in your own Plaza de Toros.

Yasunari Kawabata won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1968.

Vicki Baum was a very popular Austrian writer. She emigrated to the USA and wrote her later novels in English.

kangeiko 寒稽古 (cold keiko): Special winter training conducted early in the morning during the coldest days of winter to build stamina and strengthen the spirit, a Kodokan tradition since 1884.
Kodokan New Japanese-English Dictionary of Judo

wikipedia article about Japanese kanji. Pronunciations of Japanese characters can be on yomi, the sound reading from Chinese, or kun yomi, the meaning reading from Japanese.

wikipedia article about haiku

great photo of snow and plum blossom by Keiko used with her very kind permission

haiku by Niall Matthews

niall matthews 2011
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RSS Feed 7 Responses to "cold/hot"
#7 02-22-2011 05:35 AM
niall Says:
Thanks Billy! Yes - in Japanese they say blood climbs to your head for hot head - atama ni chi ga noboru.
#6 02-21-2011 05:52 AM
Makochan Says:
I like the blog Niall! I will have to remember nesshin 熱心 I like this a lot, it is how training should be. This is how I trained when I was in Japan, it's a pity my ego got in the way so much or was it the 'hot head' is there a phrase in Japanese for that? Kindest as always, Billy
#5 02-19-2011 07:11 AM
guest1234567 Says:
yes it's classy dance,interpreting a plum blossom in the snow.. I have a photo, my son caressing his iguana(cold blood) in the sun, about the touch. iguana tattoos, are a symbol of the search for light by the human soul(so it has a good meaning. And here a poem "Weather is hot, Weather is cold, Weather is changing As the weeks unfold."
#4 02-19-2011 05:24 AM
niall Says:
Thanks Daisy. Tonight it's going to be 2 degrees celsius - about 36 fahrenheit - but next week it will get a bit warmer: 10 or 12 degrees - in the low fifties fahrenheit. Winter in California sounds nice!
#3 02-19-2011 05:15 AM
niall Says:
Thank you, Carina. That's a classy dance. I had teppanyaki grill ice cream once.
#2 02-18-2011 06:30 PM
Daisy Luu Says:
It seems as if California has got an inkling to mimic the recent Japanese weather; it was gorgeous and sunny here in the Bay Area just last week, and yesterday we were hit with a storm. Today, it is still raining, but through all this wetness and wind peek delicate pink cherry blossoms that herald the coming spring.
#1 02-18-2011 01:05 PM
guest1234567 Says:
Beautiful photo with delicate blossoms inspiring your fitting nice haiku framed by an interesting post. In german they say "keep a cool head in the heat of a battle". I always have a cold shandy after a hot training, and finally I like very much an icecream with hot cherrys(snow with plums). I found this

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