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Some light reading for the coffee break

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Re: Some light reading for the coffee break

Postby chonchon » Sat Apr 22, 2017 10:27 am

Biidoro in Japanese ビードロ comes from Portuguese Vidro for glass, and indicates Edo/Meiji glass. Pop-pen as this toy is called, seems to come from the delicate little clicking noise it makes. Sounds Dutch somehow.

Little children sometimes wear Tsukkake on their feet which make the noise "Pop pee pop pee pop pee..." as they toddle along.
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Re: Some light reading for the coffee break

Postby AFNetsuke » Sat Apr 22, 2017 7:36 pm

Was this invented to mimic some kind of bird chirps?
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Re: Some light reading for the coffee break

Postby chonchon » Sun Apr 23, 2017 2:30 am

Yes, natural sounds, Alan, entirely possible, or even Suzumushi cricket sounds.
https://www.google.co.jp/search?q=鈴虫&ie ... ent=safari
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Re: Some light reading for the coffee break

Postby AFNetsuke » Sun Apr 23, 2017 2:43 pm

Yes, the cricket!
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Re: Some light reading for the coffee break

Postby chonchon » Fri Nov 17, 2017 1:30 am

This site lets us listen to the sounds of an assortment of Japanese musical instruments.

http://www2.ntj.jac.go.jp/dglib/content ... zukan.html

(What I learned was called a Rin, the large Buddhist bowl bell, is described as a Kin here, so I will now go and check out the difference.)
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Re: Some light reading for the coffee break

Postby chonchon » Fri Nov 17, 2017 1:37 am

Ah, it depends on the branch of Buddhism, I have discovered, but according to our friend Wiki the generic term Rin is correct for singing bowl.
https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E9%88%B4 ... F%E5%85%B7)
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Re: Some light reading for the coffee break

Postby jbjtennyo » Fri Nov 17, 2017 1:48 am

I have a singing bowl, and use it quite often to clean the chi in my house, and also in my son's Chiropractic office. Sounds are said to bring good and positive energy, and music is high on the list. Children's laughter also among the highest of sounds for making auspicious energy.
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Re: Some light reading for the coffee break

Postby chonchon » Sun Feb 11, 2018 2:03 am

At this time of year people are either hibernating or watching the Olympics. Or hiding in the long grass aiming for something? Why else would the pages of our forum be so quiet?

Is there any coffee left in the machine, there?
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Re: Some light reading for the coffee break

Postby chonchon » Sun Feb 11, 2018 2:20 am

chonchon wrote:This site lets us listen to the sounds of an assortment of Japanese musical instruments.

http://www2.ntj.jac.go.jp/dglib/content ... zukan.html



Among the instruments you can view and listen to in the link, (near the bottom of the page) we can find sets of wooden sticks. They are generally called Hyoshi-gi, which would be 'rhythm woods'.
They are used for sharpening the attention on such occasions as at the opening of a Sumo bout or a Kabuki play, where they are just called 'Ki' or woods. There are various sizes for different uses, with small variations among them. Most villages in Japan would hang a set in the local hall, and volunteers would go around in the evenings clacking them together to warn villagers against fire, i.e. to take extra care with naked flame. In this case you would hear, and still can in some places today, the 'clack, clack' and drawn-out cry of "Hi-no-yo-jin!" 日の用心. (Probably video clips available on YouTube.)
Here is a small smooth black hardwood pair that I found recently, probably for a priest to slip into the sleeve of his kimono.

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Re: Some light reading for the coffee break

Postby Bakurae » Sun Feb 11, 2018 2:57 am

Well, as usual you have sharpened our attention, Piers! Good that we're up and running again.

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