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.