mono no awaré – Beauty is precious because it is brief

Happy Sunday , with more excerpts from’ Pillow Talk’ . She makes me smile, and I need a smile today. More here

Words That Look Commonplace but That Become Impressive When Written in Chinese Characters:

A dew-plant
A prickly water-lily
A walnut
A Doctor of Literature
A Provisional Senior Steward in the Office of the Emperor’s Household
Red myrtle
Knotweed is a particularly striking example, since it is written with the characters for “tiger’s stick.” From the look on a tiger’s face one would imagine that he could do without a stick.    [Morris, 1967; p.159

[241] Things that just keep passing by
A boat with its sail up.
People’s age.
Spring. Summer. Autumn. Winter.

[242] Things that no one notices
All the inauspicious days.
The aging of people’s mothers.

  • Elegant Things
  • A white coat worn over a violet waistcoat.
  • Duck Eggs.
  • Shaved Ice mixed with liana syrup and put in a new silver bowl.A rosary of rock crystal. Snow on wistaria or plum blossoms.
  • A pretty child eating strawberries.

Read more about Shonago   –  The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon (Columbia University Press) translated and editied by Ivan Morris.


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