Well, the title of this post says it all so I’d better not go on for too long about this, the sixth proverb in the Japanese Iroha Karuta series… The Japanese proverb goes like this: Heta no naga dangi ( 下手の長談義 ) To make grammatical sense of it in English [Read more…]
Look at that bloke trying to catch a scroll in the wind! He’s busting a gut trying to catch it, but all he gets for his efforts is exhaustion: Take another look at that bloke. With his eyes fixed on the scroll he’s totally unaware that he’s about to break [Read more…]
This is the fourth in the series of Japanese proverbs that make up the “Iroha Karuta” card deck. The original Japanese goes like this: “Nikumarekko yo ni habakaru.” This proberb can be directly translated like this: Hated [Nikumare] child [ko] world [yo] in [ni] spread / gain influence [habakaru]. One [Read more…]
April in Japan. The cherry trees are in full blossom and everywhere where there are cherry trees there are people enjoying “ohanami” (blossom viewing) parties. Every space around the cherry trees is carpeted with bright blue plastic sheets and groups of office workers, students, and all sorts of people are [Read more…]
This is the second Japanese proverb in the “Iroha” Karuta series. It consists of three words in Japanese: 論 より 証拠 Ron yori shouko. [Discourse/Debate / rather than / proof/evidence] We need to switch the word order to get to the intended meaning in English: “Proof rather than debate,” Like [Read more…]
Japanese is a language rich in amusing proverbs and sayings about everyday life. Some of the most famous ones are those that you can find in the popular Iroha Karuta card-grabbing game. How to Play In the game, picture cards are laid face up on the playing surface. Each picture [Read more…]
The Tailor Of Gloucester is an English children’s story by Beatrix Potter, of “Peter Rabbit” fame. She wrote and published it in 1901.
It tells the tale of a poor tailor who has to make a coat and waistcoat for the Mayor of Gloucester’s Christmas Day wedding. He works late into the evening cutting and preparing the fabric. He lays everything out so that he can start sewing it the next morning.
One of the pleasures of fatherhood was being able to re-read some of the books I had enjoyed as a child. Another was to discover a whole new generation of delightful children’s books.
One such book, or set of books that I came across when my daughter was about five years old was the “Flat Stanley” series written by Jeff Brown.
During the summer vacation I will teach a series of two-hour classes on the theme of children’s books. The classes will run from 2pm to 4pm on Tuesday afternoons commencing Tuesday 26th July at Okeiko House, Nishi Hiroshima: http://www.okeikohouse.jp/ Fee: ¥2,000 per class. Schedule 26th July 2nd August 16th August [Read more…]