Japan in a Nutshell

By Professor Solomon

The unknown Japan. the conventional Japan. the true Japan. In this erudite but pleasing paintings, Professor Solomon explores a Japan of which few folks are acutely aware. For a travel of a distinct culture--a interesting examine its various methods and wonders--join him.

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They  have  been  rediscovering  the  conventional condominium. And with advances in origami, it is now possible to live in a house made totally of paper. The advantages of such a house? Paper is inexpensive and easy to repair. It is cool in the summer. And it has a fragility that puts you in touch with nature—that allows sunlight to filter in, along with the sounds of crickets, wind and rain. utilizing  the  options  of  origami,  a  kin  can  fold  its own paper house—in less than a day! All that’s needed is a site and pile of paper. Here’s how it’s done:  2 three 1 a hundred and five 106 5 four 6 107 108 A Boon from Benten 7 http://www. professorsolomon. com 109 Baishu, a young scholar of Kyoto, was given to wander­ ing about the city. One day he came upon a shrine to Ben­ ten,  the  goddess  of  solid  fortune. As  he  stood  prior to  the shrine, the wind blew a slip of paper against his shoe. Bai­ shu picked it up and discovered a love poem, written in a delicate, feminine hand. He took the poem home, read it again and again…and fell in love with its author. Returning to the shrine, he prayed to Benten. “Help me locate the maiden who wrote this poem,” he pleaded. And he vowed to spend a seven­day vigil at the shrine. On  the  final  evening  of  his  vigil,  the  door  to  the  shrine opened. A priest emerged and approached Baishu. He tied a ritual cord about the scholar’s waist, waved his hands, and murmured an incantation. Sensing  a  presence,  Baishu  grew to become  to  locate  a  younger woman standing beside him. Her face was half­hidden by a fan. She glowed in the moonlight. Immediately,  he  knew  who  she  was:  the  maiden  with whom he had  fallen  in  love. Bowing  to  the  priest,  he thanked him for bringing them together. “Thank  Benten,”  stated  the  priest,  bidding  them  adieu and going back into the shrine. They  walked via  the  moonlit  streets,  talking and looking at one another. Baishu was thrilled by her beau­ ty. Her  melodious  voice  crammed  him  with  pleasure. while  they reached his house, she said: “Benten has married us. ” And they passed inside as man and wife. As the weeks went by, Baishu’s love for his new wife deep­ ened. She was a painter as well as a poet, he discovered. And her domestic skills—flower arrangement, embroidery, cook­ ing—brought  cheer  to  their  modest  living. interestingly, she never mentioned her family, nor where she was from. But what of it? shrugged Baishu. The goddess of good for­ music  had  introduced  them  together;  and  not anything  else  mat­ tered. a hundred and ten One thing, though, he found exceedingly odd: no one else seemed to be aware of his wife. It was as if she were invisible to the neighbors. Yet so much in love was Baishu that he ignored this puzzling fact. Now  Baishu  persisted  to  take  walks  approximately  the  urban. And one afternoon, while ambling along, he saw someone motioning to him from a doorway. “Please come in! ” called the man. Seeing no reason not to, Baishu entered the house. The man introduced himself as a merchant, and apologized for the abruptness of the invitation.

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