they are also offering two interesting design programs.
Calligraphy may seemed similar to other drawing program though,
their one is using the speed of finger movement to the thickness of
the line = hence a bit closer to the real blush touch.
When you start the program by clicking red button on the bottom,
loading takes minuet and open the screen like this above.
—– you may have the choice of colors or Black ink, and three sizes
of Blush. ==> then just try.
Black button right bottom is to re-start, and Red button for finish.
Use the finished Calligraphy into their Design-kit and to upload is
straight forward though, use it as an image, it’s “png” format
has to be converted to “jpg”.
To design Stump (they says Hanko) needs Japanese character input.
(I think it is somewhere in the MS)
Anyhow, enjoy if those program are useful to you.
(I found a fun without having a mess of Blush and INK ! )
And these are the samples of the Stump (Hanko).
—– Left = the Seal of Yoshizen (良禅之印) Center = Kinetorori (キネ瀞裏)
—– Right = James (じえむす) in Hiragana :-)
Japan Post is providing those service only till January —– so, if you like to
design your own Stump better do rather soon than later.
Following last year, I show you a Card Design Web-site of Canon again.
When people design their own card and print it, quite likely people use
Canon printer and consume their INK = so, they can sell more. :-D /
(A printer of HP etc was in fact made by Canon !) = Have you ever seen
Chinese or Korean Printer ? Unlike electronic goods which they can copy
by buying the same components made in Japan, printer has to be made
in incredible precision and has to keep work 5~10 years = no Chinese
can make. So, the Canon knows, they should give back some.
Those are the link to their Free Card design site :
http://cp.c-ij.com/ja/contents/10n201/list_45_1.html —————- Formal style
http://cp.c-ij.com/ja/contents/10n311/list_45_1.html ——- Material components
When you click to their site, you will see a screen like this (in Japanese).
Still, left hand Column you can try clicking (and return) next by next.
(In fact, the link above are the same to first three on the column )
In order to avoid the mess, I’ve made those samples in Collage
= you can save from here and clop OR download from Canon site.
The sample above, left is a letter Spring. —– the center, the letter Dream
—– Right, ancient figure / original shape of the letter Horse.
The samples above 3 may be used as a component.
Right, Stump face saying “Good sign of Long-life and Happiness”
(Canon site has English etc too, though, not for New Year but
to make for Xmas Card. = Cultural difference is here ! )
PS : Those Link also provide Free Design Templates.
They are reputed, trouble-free good site. = Worth visiting. :-)
So, it is for the link to Japan Post
and in their site, Material section.
I think, those material must be
easy to download and use.
And if you like to compose it with
Japanese style Blush Calligraphy,
either see the old post or see the next post and try it by yourself ! ! !
(4~6th page of Material section has many calligraphy samples ! )
to see the search-term looking
for the New year’s card design,
which ended-up here.
— On the beginning, I just used
a card design for myself, then next
year people asked me where did I get ?
—– and to give the informations became an annual custom here.
Those samples were provided by the Japan Post and they are free to use
for your personal greeting card though, the image I could copy here were
not in full size, and you are advised to go to their site and
( They are enticing you to send out the card by Yahoo Mail, otherwise,
they made it harder for just copying it as they are [png] format,
not simple [jpg] = I guess, Yahoo use the data for their AD
—– free mean there is always a catch. :-D )
Japan Post —– http://yubin-nenga.jp/search/ —- click here will open this
showing thumbnails of ready-made New year’s card templates (1000
of them), or if you click right of horse-man, the page will show you the
material for you to design a card.
(I’ll show you in the next post)
Since I don’t have a habit to pick up a cracker / biscuit or sweet kind, instead,
I’m having a kind of light cooking for an odd bite.
I wrote about green-bean / string-bean with Goma-ae source, daikon etc etc before.
And here, how about boiled Kombu / Kelp.
Although, I, myself never seen how it’s grow in the sea bottom, Kelp is not a special
sea-weed, it said to have deep forest of sea-weed of which each Kelp is 20~30m long !
—- I saw them when they were spread and dried on the beach = 1′ wide of long long strip.
And, neither they are special item in Japanese or Chinese food shop.
Japanese eat them most commonly for Dashi (soup-base) and in many other cooking.
(I don’t think, I need to repeat how nutritiously good they are, as it was too well known. :-) )
I have no idea how Chinese eat them still, we can buy dried Kelp easily and quite cheap
in Chinese shop. (Photo Left)
To make Kombu-maki — first soak the dried kelp strip in the warm water for 10 min’ or
so and thoroughly wash-off the sand and dirt. Then cross-cut them 2~3″ and roll-up.
(Authentic Japanese Kombu-maki roll was tied-up by edible Kanpyo string though
I short-cut it with tooth-pick. Photo Center ) And boil them in the plain water half to
one hour, then add a packet of Dashi or if you like fishy taste, add a piece of dried squid
as well. (photo Right) —– and after while, add a Soy source according to your taste, and
if you like even a bit of sugar ( I like to put some hot staff as well) — keep boil them until
rolled Kombu become very soft. ( I heard, the authentic one was slow-cooked over night !)
(Boil them how many hours depend on the quality of the Kombu and your taste. — even
from the same pack, some Kombu would be boiled very soft, less than one hour though,
tough one may be still hard even after two hours. —– If you found it still hard, just put
it back to a pan and boil further. :-) ) Generally, Japanese Kombu / Kelp is soft and good to
eat but more expensive —– still, considering the serious environmental pollution problem
in China, may be spent a bit more and buy it in the Japanese shop could be wiser choice.
Most of the Japanese Kombu came from northern Japan / Hokkaido where no problem of
radiation scare has been reported — thanks goodness.
Wikipedia is a very convenient place to see the world, even about Buddhism.
Not necessary because it shows the truth but shows the current situation of Popular Belief.
Funny though, it often says “Citation required” — in Buddhism this is THE most blatant irony.
Understanding in Buddhism came from not because it was written. It always come between
the lines. —– Don’t believe what was written but you have to think yourself.
In Buddhism, such as the strongest denial or the things which is not exist was not lexically
expressed. So that, the matter was often over-looked or even mistook by the people who
only follows what was told or read.
Like a famous episode in the Vimalakirti Sutra —– To answer a question of “Oneness” (how
totally mindful to the subject) Vimalakirti utter no word, and its silence hit the audience
like a roaring thunder (so the scripture said).
—– (If you couldn’t get it) = Think, such as in a situation of Sword Mastery, if a man using
the sword could see the situation, how he moves, how sword moves in the Objective View,
it’s mean his mind is separated and floating in the air and watching the situation in
distance = here, two Selves, one was watching and other was being watched, not mention
the independent Sword = this is far from Oneness. When the conscious of using Sword
and the Hand(s) and even the existence of the Sword fused altogether and moves as one
unified force, it is the Sword Mastery and the Master was in Oneness.
(In Zen term it is Ichijo / 一如 or Fuji / 不二 )
—– If you are good in typing, you must know, when you were absorbed into its task =
not only the position of each key, but the keyboard, screen, even the draft paper has gone
out of your conscious but only a stream of each letters = your finger moves automatically,
completely out of your conscious. And even your Brain was not in there, if the draft had
miss-spieling you just miss-type as it is = This is the Oneness = two Selves, Observer and
be Observed, in fact, THE SELF itself has been totally disappeared into the “TYPING”.
Therefore, no observer or conscious to describe it, nor description of Oneness on typing
could exist. —– (I can describe it because I myself is one-finger typist, still seeing other
expert, I can guess how it’s works from the aspect of Zen. —– still, I may be wrong. )
—– So, there couldn’t be a description of Oneness.
= No word even from a wise-man Vimalakirti. And, in the scripture, there was no
explanation such as what I wrote above ever existed, because able to write about
expose a failure, that the one was not in “Selfless Oneness” = make a fool oneself.
This was also the reason when
Lord Buddha went out for a walk in a rainy night, he didn’t explain why, even to Ananda.
Because it was about the Selflessness = since the Self / its conscious was not there to
observe, there couldn’t be a word to describe it. = So that, there was no explanation.
(In fact, to teach Selflessness must be the hardest part, even though it IS the gist of Buddhism.
It can be taught only through a practice (without type-writer !) I wonder how many of the
followers could have managed to get it ? —– Still, as the tradition has been continued to
the Zen, it’s mean some had certainly mastered it and handed down the teaching !
—– but not by a word or scripture.)
In Buddhism, a lots has not been written. As, it meant to be a strongest denial. Such as
Lord Buddha didn’t answer the question related to the “after life”. Hence no explanation
= it’s mean there couldn’t be any written record, hence no citation could be possible.
No citation indicates, no such things in the Doctrine of Buddhism. And no word by
Lord Buddha ever existed since such matter has no worth to spear even a single word.
(Unfortunately, this situation had been exploited, knowingly or with sheer ignorance,
so many stories of “reincarnation, etc” had been fabricated.)
—– Yet western rhetoric wants to have a denial also has to be expressed,
and No-existence (it’s hard to explain what the Voidness is), has to be proved even
in the Wikipedia. —– It must be a headache to the author.
They can’t create a blank page in Wikipedia and put a comment “This is Zen”.
(I wonder why not. A blank page could convey as much as message written
in the same space.) Ha ha ha.
It’s a middle of September, not many flower left.
—– Don’t tell me to go to a florist. I don’t buy flower or plant.
They should be where they grow. Unless I found a pot abandoned on the street.
—– (provided it’s not a meter-tall tree.) —— Then Kinetorori murmured me
“If no flower, why not make one yourself” —– It’s a his bad habit.
It’s the most un-Zen like practice though, —– I did. :-D
(Out of used envelope.)
So, a flower is blooming in my room. (keep blooming for foreseeable future. :-D )
—– though, I took a way against it.
A photograph is imprisoned to the moment.
So, to have a Jailbreak of this “Moment”
I made a photo to have rather prolonged span
of time (unlike ordinary photographic norm).
The photo above consists multiple exposure
while having its focus shifted. = Yet another
attempt to create fuzzy image —– went
beyond a soft-focus lens, yet keeping a sharp core of
image, unlike a pinhole photo.
This is my Angel, yet another wire-figure I made on 2007. (So, those photos were
taken by that old Kodak camera, and the photos were clopped —- hence, pretty low
quality photos) But not PSed, the figure was really in the air (hanged from the tree).
When I brought this to a gathering of Dorkbot, the figure made a well known artist
Anne Bean, frozen 5 min—– ( I was frightened, such good artist can memorize all the
structure and able to make identical copy :-) )
Strangely you may found, this lady has no neck. Her right hand holding the head. :-)
Wire used was 1.6mm garden wire, and I was planned to make it x5 size, it’s mean
life-size, by 8mm copper tube though, I realized that, if I made this in my room,
I can’t take it out :-D
—– One day, when I got big studio, I’ll do it (though, seemingly never happen :-D )