Thursday, 30 October 2014

Blue Yu

#asian culture #hanzi #chinese characters #blueyu #speculation 
Copyright Julie Vaux 2014 

I first found this character while I was idly opening pages at random in a dictionary and something about it caught my eye especially after seeing the modern meaning. Yes this is a moment of sheer poetic fantasy but suddenly I had this "vision" of a depressed Han or earlier dynasty scribe / scholar a northerner exiled to the southern jungles trying to create a compound character that expressed his mood. 

On top we have a drinking vessel between two trees drinking amongst the forest and below a word / character often translated as wine and I cant help wondering which fermented fruit liquor someone was getting stuck into. Rice and millet were not the only things used to brew alcohol in ancient China. 

Yes I'm guessing but what's your guess as to the origin of this character?

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

TEA EVENT CHATSWOOD

TEA CULTURE EVENT

#tea #chatswood #Sydney #exhibition
While I was researching for the next series of posts I found this notice at Willoughby Library

CHINESE TEA CULTURE EXHIBITION

25 Oct - 3 Nov 2014  Opening 25 Oct Saturday 11AM

I don't know what I'll be doing on Saturday ey but I'll try to check it out if not then next week.

Th PR card at the library said its sponsored by www.foursisterstea.com.au and the opening day will feature #pipa music #calligraphy #brushpainting plus displays of teaware

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Osmathus Saga 4

#Osmathus Saga 4


Copyright Julie Vaux 2014 

More info on the #hanzi #mokusei #quehoa #osmanthus

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Osmanthus Saga 3 more pictures

This is what the #osmathus plant's fruits also called drupes  and flowers when its white  look like.



Go back to the two previous posts in this series?

More next week!

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Osmanthus Saga 2




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The ancient Chinese may have developed a vast number of herbal medicines but they seem to have had a very inconsistent method of distinguishing and naming trees of various species. The name changed from characters that could be also read as noble tree flower to characters that literally read tree  = tree+rhinoceros to a modern form that can also mean scrambled eggs because of comparisons of beaten eggs to the yellow and white flowers.

If anyone has tried sweet olive jams or sweets could you let us know what they taste like? Possibly I may have had some without realising it?  Are they ever used to fill mochi or wagashi?

Thursday, 18 September 2014

The Osmanthus Saga Intro

#Osmanthus is a flowering shrub / tree many people take for granted ....


Join this miniseries of posts to find out about the many names and uses of osmanthus and the strange story of the Chinese hanzi used which tells us something about the Chinese language and tends to support my theory about bored Han scribes playing with characters!

Saturday, 30 August 2014

HORSE MA Radical


Copyright Julie Vaux 2014  
A note what I'm declaring copyirhgt on is the technozi format, how the data is arranged as displayed as a visual image, in case I ever collate these into a book.

If you would like to see the various technozi as an e-book or print let me know? Especially if you're a publisher so I can get someone to do the formatting!

If I did these as an ebook I'ld probably embed the svgs and pngs into a pdf landscape format or if I used portrait mode leave lots of blank space in the print edition for you to add notes. So would anyone like to see a book?