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Hana / はな



【日本語版は英語版のあとです】


The new category “Column of flowers” is added to this blog.

Besides pictures of flower works, I want to write about short stories and tips of flowers.


The first topic of the new category is “Hana (flower in Japanese)” based on Yamato Kotoba (Japanese spoken in ancient times).

Yamato kotoba has 48 phonetic alphabets and each one has their own meaning. For example, sound of “Ha” means “leaf, leaves”, “tooth, teeth” “knife, blade” and “edge” : something sticking out or something sharpened. Sound of “Na” means “Harmony” as you can see Today’s Japanese “Nagoyaka (heartwarming)” “Nameraka (smooth)” “Nakama (friend)” and “Narabu (line up)”. All those words starting the sound of “Na” has impression of peaceful mind.

By combining the meaning of sounds of two characters, “Hana” is something on edge (or higher place) and harmonizing with others.

“Hana (flowers)” bloom on edges of branches of trees and top of stems, and make us smile and happy. “Hana” also means “nose” because it is the highest position out of parts of our faces. It makes our rhythm of life stable by breathing.

Yamato kotoba is beautiful language that our ancestors has been handed down to us uninterruptedly up to today.

I want to learn more about this profound philosophy.

本ブログのカテゴリーに百花樂覧(ひゃっかりょうらん)を追加しました。樂覧は造語で、樂は「奏でる」という意味。

作品画像の他、花にまつわるエピソードを綴ります。


最初はやはり「花」について。

大和言葉の四十八文字には、一音一音に意味がある。「は」は「葉」「歯」「刃」「端」のように、「表に出る」「発する」という意味の音。「な」は「和やか」「滑らか」「仲間」「並ぶ」にあるように調和を表す。

「はな」は「端(または高いところ)に出て、並んでいるもの」という意味になる。

枝の先に咲くのが花は、私たちを楽しませ、顔の一番高いところにある鼻は、呼吸で体のリズムを整える。


大和言葉は美しく深い。

先人たちが連綿と伝えてきた言の葉を大切にしたい。

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