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Today in the tea room's tokonoma was a horizontal scroll that read "Green willow, red blossom." Sensei says that common blooming season and motif would suggest that the red flower refers to cherry blossom. On the bus homeward, I began reading from a book I've been meaning to start for months now titled "Geisha, a Life" by Mineko Iwasaki and Rande Brown. The introduction reads as such: "In the country of Japan, an island nation in East Asia, there are special districts, known as karyuki, that are dedicated to the enjoyment of aesthetic pleasure. These are the communities where professionally trained female artists known as geisha live and work. Karyuki means 'the flower and willow world.' Each geisha is like a flower, beautiful in her own way, and like a willow tree, gracious, flexible, and strong." I feel these two experiences were meant to be connected today. So, I reimagined the cover of the book with willow branches and red cherry blossoms ornamenting Iwasaki-sama's hair.
Character: The stylized likeness of Mineko Iwasaki as derived from the photographic cover of her autobiography, "Geisha, a Life" / "Geisha of Gion."
Dimensions: 4.25 x 5.6 in apx (10.8 x 14.22 cm apx) paper
Materials: Ink, marker, gel pen.
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Well I too am a little ignorant of the differences between China and Japan. But I always wanted to know more about Japanese culture and language, and not just for its anime either. I was always fascinated by Japanese culture and wanted to know more. The same with China and maybe other East Asian countries too. But I never had the time (or rather I never made time) to study and learn
I can understand that. I have an uncle who is Chinese, and he's always talking about how China's politics are not right. And since my mother grew up in a communist country, she sympathizes with his views. But my uncle still likes to visit his family in China. He even took my cousin to see the Great Wall, but he was sadly too tired to capture much sight seeing.