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Some light reading for the coffee break

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Re: Some light reading for the coffee break

Postby LUBlub » Sun Mar 26, 2017 12:35 pm

Piers...tks very much for your excellent video...I liked the shell "trumpet" (Jinkai?) ...I saw an other one sold by important dealer, period Edo cas1850 c.a Size 18 x 10 cm
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Re: Some light reading for the coffee break

Postby Bakurae » Sun Mar 26, 2017 1:42 pm

I finally got a chance to watch; marvelous, ecumenical music! Thanks, Piers.

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Re: Some light reading for the coffee break

Postby Oishii » Sun Mar 26, 2017 2:09 pm

have enjoyed this demonstration as well, Piers, thanks !

chonchon wrote:Sitting cross-legged in Eiheiji in the depth of winter, how could I ever forget that noise?!?!

wasn't aware that you have been a Soto-Zen practitioner at the temple of the great Master Dogen !
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Re: Some light reading for the coffee break

Postby chonchon » Mon Mar 27, 2017 12:33 am

Thanks again, peeps. My pleasure. Too many years in the teaching profession can make one a little boring... :geek:

Jan, yes, you are entirely correct. Of all the Japanese Zen masters, Dogen and Sodo/Soto-Shu (from Tiantai tradition in China) particularly attracted me. That is where I gave up my books... :)

Is that a Netsuke, Lub? Amazingly rendered with a typical mouth piece attachment in such a small shell. Kai is shell, and Jin is campaign (camp), so Jingai (K will change to g within this word) is exactly the object that we use, a war shell, although by habit we say Hora or Horagai.
http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=%e9 ... &FORM=IGRE

Here are two, the small one I was blowing above, and a larger one. The Yamabushi wore light flowing robes, so a staff and one heavy shell were not a logistical problem. For me in full armour, carrying a gun, the smaller Triton shell is really more practical.
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Re: Some light reading for the coffee break

Postby chonchon » Mon Mar 27, 2017 12:46 am

PS Horagai need to be large. Here is a world where size matters. Put a small shell to your mouth and blow a shrill tinny note and some people will laugh...
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Re: Some light reading for the coffee break

Postby AFNetsuke » Mon Mar 27, 2017 3:53 pm

Piers you've given us great info on international methods of calling orders on the battlefield pre-electronic age. I can now wow friends and new acquaintances at a Civil War re-enactment we are attending this weekend.
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Re: Some light reading for the coffee break

Postby chonchon » Mon Mar 27, 2017 10:42 pm

That sounds like fun, Alan.
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Re: Some light reading for the coffee break

Postby chonchon » Sat Apr 22, 2017 7:04 am

A Japanese art/culture puzzle to cheer people up.

Warning! Non-Netsuke related content.

Look at the Ukiyo-e by Utamaro, and discuss what you see. :P
https://www.adachi-hanga.com/ukiyo-e/items/utamaro005/
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Re: Some light reading for the coffee break

Postby billweb » Sat Apr 22, 2017 9:39 am

Good morning Piers,
Apparently this is portraying a a hip young woman blowing a popen 8-)
A popen is a toy made of blown glass with a hollow stem and a bowl at one end. (a small wine glass without a base.)
I always look for and enjoy your posts. This was fun to look up, but it's 2.30 am. here and my wife has already checked once to be sure I'm not asleep at my desk.
A detailed reference to popen and Utamaro can be found at "Kitagawa Utamaro and the physiognomists."

Have great day!

Bill


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Re: Some light reading for the coffee break

Postby chonchon » Sat Apr 22, 2017 10:18 am

No spots on you, Bill. A great answer and something I would not have known 12 hours ago.
This morning there was a Poppen (sp.?) reproduction from perhaps the 1930s at an antiques fair and I just had to have it! Sweet tinkling note it makes.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=CaO1eVky9kU
Glad you enjoyed this!
An Edo Period toy
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