• Masashi

Hana / はな


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.









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