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August 06, 2010


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When I grow up, I want to write as 清ら (きよら= elegantly beautiful, notice the blue-green and water embodied in the very idea) as you.

Keep up the good work,


We don'twant you to grow up Jan.


if ever the Himalayas falls in thy path....please visit us and share thy mindstream.


Now, THAT would be a pleasure!! I love Shimla..and your place looks like heaven on earth.... see you on facebook in the meantime :)

Comments from FB

RY: Bravo.....must share this.

SP: Ah. That article was unrelentingly beautiful.

StP: I'll have to google RU ware and hope to see a sample. Fascinating
article. Think I'll share it too.

SF Bai Juyi is of course a follower of Wang ... this is a decpetive color, I think of it as the color of the sea, constantly changing with the sky. Is it associated with a hexagram in the Book of Changes?

Peony: A color like the sea--- like Homer's wine dark sea? I always think of the color as the mossy green at Nikko or the color of the mountains in August in Kyoto... like that?
And, yeah,... we would NEVER want our friend the illustrious 王先生 to grow up, would we?

JW Qīng is the colour of the east, whose season is spring, whose symbolic animal is the dragon, and whose element is fire. If you place the 8 Trigrams around the Taiji Chart, according to the Prior Heaven placement, the trigram for due east is "Li" (fire)

SF: I have always loved that phrase, "the wine dark sea" but it is not my experience of being out on the water, where the sea is a million shades of
light and dark, many of them the color of fear. Even on a fine day, that rippled shaping of blues cathing the light could be a rock. For me it is in
the sea that the spectrum shifts are fastest and deepest, those of plants
slower and more sustaining. Rain here today, which we needed,and I spent
some time this morning pinching the basils and oreganos, all shades of 青.

Peony: ‎ this about 玄武 below:

Saudi Aramco World on the purple stuff:

Peony: S, looks like my comment got "disappeared" ....? But i said something like Homer's blood red sea gets its name from the purple dye that the Phoencians sold and since the Phoenicians "owned" the Seas, that was an epithet (?) for the Mediterrean...

SF Very very interesting, dye stuffs are one of the things that bind so many meanings and so much trade over the centuries - off thread - Slocum
collected tallow from a wreck while in Terra Del Fuego and traded it to finance his voyage.

Peony Tallow? Well, tallow is not so glamorous as a shipwreck or tyrian dye but still it is fascinating, isn't it? Fillls up the sailes of one's imagination...

SF: Yes, I was surprized that tallow was such an important trade item. And then there is madder.
http://www.google.ca/images?hl=en&rlz&q=madder&um=1&ie=UTF-8&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi I
am sure you have a post on madder somewhere?

Peony : :)
Surely, you would agree that madder is far less interesting than the other one made from insects?? worms?? can't remember..

SF: It is hard to beat sea snails of course and I think you are referring to

...or, if you wanted to capture the obvious pun in the last line of Liu Yuxi's lyric:

Weeping willows dangle green,

the river gently flows,

I hear my lover upstream

 singing as he goes.

The sun shines in the east

while in the west it rains:

You could say this isn't fair, [无情(晴) wúqíng lack fair feelings (weather)

 but then again it's fair. [有情{晴} yǒuqíng have fair feelings (weather)]

I read this before Leanne - it is one of my favourite posts on your blog! :)) When Lin Hwai-Min (artistic director of Cloud Gate Dance Theatre) was creating the background/stage setting for Cursive II (of his *brilliant* Cursive Trilogy), w...ith the help of Zhang Zan-Tao (張贊桃, an artist of light indeed), he continued his thought of 'colours which are very Chinese'... In 'Cursive' it was the colours of beige-white 宣紙 w/ little natural specks, the red ink used for a seal, and different degrees of black, of course. Whilst in Cursive II, they used the colours of Chinese celadon ware with the unbearably stunning crazing - spreading from reddish magenta to lavender and slowly bleeding into the celadon. One background was a blown-up image of these colours. It was incredible. The colours created an extraordinary, highly meditative air for the 'superhuman dancers' to play with their perfectly, beautifully controlled chi.

And, Yes Cloud Gate's movements are highly influenced by taichi, in addition to the obvious martial arts. In my favourite work of Lin Hwai-Min, "Moon Water," the art of meditation is central. Lin had his dancers practise meditation and chigong with a master for a few years before starting the rehearsal of Moon Water. And for Cursive, all dancers had to learn calligraphy (the scale is amazing, sometimes, they'd each practise a piece as large as the room) again for months or years before the rehearsal of the actual dance started. One of their most recent work 屋漏痕 (Water Stains on the Wall) is quickly becoming my favourite - http://www.poeticoneirism.blogspot.com/2010/12/beauty-of-water-stains-on-wall.html Another piece inspired by Chinese calligraphy.

Beautiful skies here, Jan..... my 西湖 also used to be willow lined (when I was a little girl)

For you (posted on facebook--did you see?):
Tangled up in blue


Be sure to check out Ting-Jen's links above--very totally superb! xoxo

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