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moon in the water Blog Tools Rating: Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 04-26-2010 11:46 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 danger + japanese + w Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #92 New 11-25-2011 11:32 AM
danger + japanese + w
night by Takashi Ogino used under creative commons licence

you were dangerous and angry
red wrists and flashes of light
in the Hungarian bar

Jason Crane, Danger

"You must be indeed a brave man, Sir Priest," the peasant responded, "to lie down here. This place has a bad name - a very bad name. But, as the proverb has it, kunshi aya-yuki ni chikayorazu - the superior man does not needlessly expose himself to peril - and I must assure you, Sir, that it is very dangerous to sleep here."
Lafcadio Hearn, Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things

"Danger! What danger do you foresee?"
Holmes shook his head gravely. "It would cease to be a danger if we could define it," said he.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventure of the Copper Beeches

Danger knows full well
That Caesar is more dangerous than he.
We are two lions littered in one day,
And I the elder and more terrible,
And Caesar shall go forth.

William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar act 2 scene 2

The language of Kyōto, the ancient capital of the country, and until the restoration the residence of the Imperial Court and of literary men, has been considered the standard and of highest authority; but since the restoration and the removal of the capital to Tōkyō, the dialect of the latter has the precedence. Dialectical differences are numerous, and provincialisms and vulgarisms abound. The dialect of Satsuma is said to be so different as not to be intelligible in other parts of the country. This subject, however, has not yet been fully investigated. A few of these differences may here be mentioned. In Tōkyō kwa is pronounced ka; kwan, kan; gwai, gai, as, gun-kwan is pronounced gunkan; kenkwa, kenka; kwaji, kaji; gwai-koku, gaikoku.
J C Hepburn, A Japanese-English and English-Japanese Dictionary, third edition

Rinzai Gigen distinguishes four kinds of "Katsu!" One of them is likened to the sacred sword of Vajrarāja, which cuts and puts to death anything dualistic appearing before it. When it is actually uttered by the zen people it sounds like "Kātz!" or "Kwātz!" ā somewhat like a in ah and tz like tz in German "Blitz." It is primarily a meaningless ejaculation.
D T Suzuki, Zen and Japanese Culture

I talked about the letter w before in W + aikibunnies. In Japanese it is shorthand for double. Two of something. But here it is again in romaji, the transcription of Japanese into Roman letters. It's in the name of the Budokwai, the first martial arts club in Europe. It was founded in 1918. The title of Lafcadio Hearn's book of Japanese ghost stories is Kwaidan. I intoduced Lafcadio Hearn in Daimyo - morning of battle. And the zen exclamation "Kwātz!" can be written with a w. Perhaps that silent w is not silent in some parts of Japan.

There is a phrase in Kwaidan: kunshi aya uki ni chika yorazu 君子危うきに近よらず a person of wisdom does not flirt with danger. If something happened because of your carelessness it could have repercussions far beyond yourself and your own family. So stay away from dangerous places and dangerous situations. And don't let yourself be goaded into any duels with swords.


poem and e-books
Jason Crane, Danger

read the Lafcadio Hearn story online

Lafcadio Hearn, Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things

William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar

William Shakespeare, The Complete Works

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

my columns on aikiweb:
Martial Arts in Manga and Animé
Indigo Blue
Improvised Weapons No.1: The Umbrella
Unbalance - Feet of Clay
Half a Tatami
Zen in the Art of Aikido

I have an essay in a charity e-book put together by some writers and photographers to raise money for victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Tohoku on 11 March 2011. It costs $9.99.

© niall matthews 2011
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#9 12-05-2011 06:41 PM
niall Says:
That ferry to South Korea must have been interesting. In Japan there are some Korean schools (some with links to South Korea and some with links to North Korea). Pacchigi! is a semi-comedy movie about some of the social problems. It won several awards. It's a kind of Japanese high school West Side Story. School battle movies became popular after Battle Royale but Pacchigi is more interesting.
#8 12-03-2011 08:54 AM
niall Says:
Thanks for all your interesting comments Daian. Somehow they reminded me of the Hungarian Rhapsodies for piano by Franz Liszt. I'll do a post about the Tale of the Heiké one day - you've mentioned it a few times.
#7 12-01-2011 05:19 PM
Diana Frese Says:
Quite a long wait for the ferry's departure so I must have asked directions , which led to a Shinto shrine of modern materials, including a lot of clear glass. There were old stones with inscriptions nearby, a sign said they were memorials to the Heike who perished, including Antoku Tenno. Knowing the story, naturally I felt very sad, but honored to be able to view the site. One of the priests at the shrine was playing the flute as if to console both visitors and the departed...
#6 12-01-2011 05:08 PM
Diana Frese Says:
I just followed the link to Kwaidan, it was very scary. Kids like to tell such scary stories around campfires here, but in those days I preferred comedy! It's interesting to read folktales of any kind, though, and hopefully, they are just tales.... The next link reminded me of going to Korea to renew my student visa, via the ferry from Shimonoseki. Imagine my surprise seeing a large green and silver road sign above, in Romaji: Dan no Ura
#5 11-30-2011 10:32 PM
Diana Frese Says:
Thanks again, Niall, for the cultural, literary and historical information, it is really great to have, and to keep coming back to. The last paragraph is so important to keep in mind: enthusiasm and curiosity are good, but caution and wisdom are necessary too.
#4 11-30-2011 10:07 PM
Diana Frese Says:
Carina, you may be interested to know that in Hungarian, gulyas means cattleherder, and what we call goulash is the stew the cattleherders made, which became popular internationally. Paprika is also internationally well known at least in Europe and the USA. There are hot and sweet varieties, so be careful to check first before using too much...
#3 11-30-2011 09:58 PM
Diana Frese Says:
The Hungarian language is actually from Asia and related to Finnish and Estonian. I learned it from some friends in the late fifties and early sixties. I took a side trip from a student tour of Europe to visit a friend's mother and sister but didn't want any "officials" to know so I pretended not to know Hungarian! Each using a different address, they both emigrated to the US successfully! Not exactly danger, but a bit of suspense there....
#2 11-29-2011 07:57 AM
niall Says:
Thanks Carina. Yes the streets of Tokyo are quite safe. Well I'm not sure about the radiation levels!
#1 11-26-2011 10:42 AM
guest1234567 Says:
in the Hungarian bar with $5 goulash Thank you for another thoughtful post Niall, what a coincidence, I cooked a very spicy goulash today And don't let yourself be goaded into any duels with swords. neither into duels of words or writings About the beautiful photo of Tokio by night, I always felt safe in these streets. Have a great weekend!

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