A Gwailo's View of Han Zi !
A Blog featuring my experiments with Han Zi and digital typographic art and articles on Chinese derived characters. Also some articles on Chinese characters in general and their use of multiple Asian languages.
Thursday, 2 July 2015
Continuing on in our series on color adjectives we come to Cang
When you look at the graphic below which color do you think of? Blue or Green? I was looking at how a green blue slip fired at the #bisque stage and started thinking about green and the problem of deciding when a character translates a blue or green.
Let's take the best known character / word / adjective as the first example since this seems to be one that any #Asian language #SinoJapanese #SinoKorean #sinoVietnamese or #Sinitic dialect that uses #hanzi derived characters or has loan words from Chinese (also known as #kanji or #hanja) uses
Copyright Julie Vaux 2015
and just to complicate things one site said Blue in Korean is paran and Green chorasaek but only gave the Hangul and the one Korean speaker I know said
green is chorak ? Thank You "K.." for letting me run a quick response test!
If you choose to comment please mention if you were viewing on a mobile or larger screen in case that makes a difference to color perception especially given my use of a two color gradient fill as part of the test?
Crow or CROWS
#haiku scholars and fans often debate the use of #karasu in a famous #autumn #haiku by #Basho.
Kare eda ni / karasu no tomari keri / aki no kure
Bare / dry branch on / at
crow(s) connective on / of stop
autumn end of or autumn sunset
Personally I give more consideration as to whether kure means sunset or seasons end?
Given the reference to bare branches I prefer seasons end.
Regarding whether crow should be singular or plural may I note that corvids flock!
I actually have a small raven clan living in the immediate area and even when the flock spreads out to feed if I see one their mate is usually near by and even after fledglings grow up and move away there's usually a consistent core group of five or six who stay together. I opt for crows plural unless Japanese crows behave differently?
I've been busy editing images for scarves for #redBubble so here's My Autumn Giveaway #freebie copyright free public domain image for you to play with!
Also I just felt earlier versions didnt work or werent special enuff
Its png format so have fun adding backgrounds and layers and let me know if it inspires anything! This was an svg file created using #inkscape and then exported as a png for uploading.
THAT ELEPHANT GUY
#samantabhadra #buddhistart #boddhisattva #fugen
Wandering thru stores that sell chinese ceramics or buddhist supplies one could be forgiven for thinking Chinese and other Mahayana Buddhists only revere Kuanyin Hotei and the Buddha. I suspect there's a factory somewhere where some one said ... just change the hands in the mold!
There are other Boddhisattvas.
CHECK WHAT THE HANDS ARE HOLDING
Patron of the Lotus Sutra Speaker of the 10 Vows of the Boddhisattva
Boddhisattva of Action and law this entity is also known as
Chinese Fu Hsien Pu Xian Bo Hsian
Vietnam Pho Hien
Mongolia Qamugha Sain
Paintings and sculptures usually depict him in a trinity or group with the Buddha or other Boddhisattvas but also sometimes on his elephant and other times standing or on a lotus throne.
The Tibetans seem to prefer depict him in Tantric congress.