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2011-01-30 08:39:02

金 (GOLD)

テーマ:Japan
Well, I already learned from 英語大好き@J-kunさん that the word "Friday" originated from a goddess in Greek mythology called Frejia (also spelled Freyja or Freya), which means "goodness." She was a goddess of love, fertility, and wealth. When she cried, her tears turned to gold. That is why Japan started using "kin" for Friday. 金曜日 (きんようび kinyoubi)

I received some more pictures from my teacher last night.

$Welcome to Vincent's Room (瓶栓斗の部屋)

This is one of my teachers laughing at my first attempt at a horizontal line. I guess I went way too fast!

$Welcome to Vincent's Room (瓶栓斗の部屋)

After a little instruction and guidance, I was able to slow down.

Here is another shot of the entire class after we chose our best one of the day:

$Welcome to Vincent's Room (瓶栓斗の部屋)

May we all have a life filled with love and wealth!


Until next time...
PR
2011-01-29 21:03:37

書道(しょどう calligraphy )

テーマ:Japan
In my Japanese class, I tried 書道(しょどう calligraphy)for the first time today. My theme this year is "money" (or to put it in a more spiritual term "abundance"). The character I wrote today is "kin" which means "gold" and is used in the word for money お金 (おかね okane, pronounced oh-ka-nay) and the word for Friday (金曜日、きんようび kinyoubi). I don't know why "kin" is used in the word for Friday. Perhaps people used to be paid weekly every Friday...Maybe someone out there could educate me.

Anyway, we all would like to have abundance in our lives--whether that is measured by the amount of love, quality of relationships, material things, or money.

So, this year, my goal is to make more money. I'd like to be able to afford to travel back and forth between America and Japan. I miss my family in Washington State, but I enjoy living and working here in Japan. I'd also like to be able to help others more than I can at the moment.

So, here is a picture of my first kanji I wrote (or painted) with a brush:

$Welcome to Vincent's Room (瓶栓斗の部屋)

Not bad for the first time.

Here's a picture of the entire class:

$Welcome to Vincent's Room (瓶栓斗の部屋)-calligraphy

Many of the students in my class are from China, so they had done this sort of thing before.

I enjoyed the experience a lot, and now I'd like to take a class in calligraphy. I think it might help me learn Japanese!


Until next time...

PR
2011-01-23 16:05:27

Kokohana

テーマ:My Journal
I thought I would remind everyone of just who Kokohana is.

$Welcome to Vincent's Room (瓶栓斗の部屋)

They are two very talented and beautiful koto players. I wrote about them in a previous blog entry because I loved their music so much. That is why it was such an honor to use one of their songs for my Meiji Jingu video. Please visit their blog, and I know you will enjoy their music as much as I enjoy it.

If you haven't seen my video, yet, check it out. I used Kokohana's song called Futaba. It is a very happy song that goes nicely with my free hug video.

I hope you enjoy.

Until next time...

PR
2011-01-21 19:25:29

Amazing! Is she dancing or flying?

テーマ:Misc
I ran across this video the other day, and I thought it was worth sharing. Have you ever seen someone dance like this before? It is truly amazing!



It seemed like she could almost fly!

Until next time...
2011-01-19 17:38:31

Finally, my Meiji Jingu video is complete!

テーマ:Japan
Finally, I finished editing my Meiji Jingu video, and it's on YouTube now.

I went to Meiji Jingu shrine on January 3rd, and everyone was in a very happy mood. It's hard to tell sometimes: Was I giving hugs? Or was I receiving hugs?

And my boss said I was smiling too much and twirling too much. Well, I couldn't help but smile! Everyone was so happy!

Anyway, this video is much different from my first one! Check it out!



The music is great, isn't it? It fit so nicely with the "Happy New Year" feeling in the air that day.

Until next time...

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