Wednesday, March 22, 2023

" Ume " Japanese calligraphy


 " ( bai, or ume ). It is translated as plum, prune.
This character is written by Kanzi, Regular script.

Etymology : Phono-semantic compound
semantic  (tree, wood)  +  phonetic  (every)

The tree to tell about spring of every year.
The Ume blossoms may be the roles.

" When we are in the midst of enduring fate, the truth is revealed. "
 Vincent van Gogh ( 1853-1890 )

梅の花 匂ふ春べは くらぶ山  闇に越ゆれど しるくぞありける

In springtime when the plum blossoms smell so sweet

even beyond Kurabu Mountain shrouded in darkness they stand out clearly

            紀 貫之 ( 872 - 945 )   古今和歌集

梅の花 なににほふらん 見る人の  色をも香をも 忘れぬる世に

In a world where people who see plum blossoms forget both color and scent

            大弐 三位 ( 999 - 1082 )   新古今和歌集