But in class she gave me several other projects. First was 登山 (tozan) for mountain climbing, then にわか雨 (niwaka ame) for rain showers, then 月光 (tsugikou) meaning moonlight. I went through them in silence, first writing them on the back of a receipt, planning out the space and the motions with my pencil, and then using paper, brush and ink.
|登山 (tozan) - mountain climbingにわか雨 (niwaka ame) - rain showers月光 (tsugikou) - moonlight|
I had finally gone as far as I could with "moonlight." I could see areas for improvement, but I felt it was time to have her corrections. She added a few things but was mostly very pleased and gave me one more in the final ten minutes of class.
|あきばれ (akibare) - clear fall sky|
I relished the short bike ride home, wishing I didn't also feel a desire to practice during the afternoon. So many wonderful things in life. Skies, music, characters emerging on the page in time and over time, another language, another life. No way to take it all in.
Can you find all beauty? No, but you can fill your life with it.