Sunday, June 14, 2009

Japanese sake and the Ninja

I simply love this glass bottle that I had to keep the empty bottle, after dinner one day.

As it is Japanese sake, the link goes to feudal Japan and ninja 忍者 (literally, "one who is concealed" or "one that endures"). When writing as Kanji, Japanese will tend to write the first character - 忍 (pronounced REN in Mandarin, 3rd tone in Hanyu Pinyin). This is the first character of "Ninja" meaning, to beat, to endure, or to tolerate - "to tolerate and endure" which is what I have been "practising" for the past 6-8 months.

I also like the "anatomy" of this single character. If you can read Mandarin, I hope you like it. Even if you can't read Mandarin, don't you think the strokes in that character are so amazing?