Thursday, May 22, 2008

銀河 ginga=silver river

I put another layer into this painting today.

The Japanese word for galaxy is “ginga” (銀河) which means, “silver river.” Awesome, right? We live in a silver river, a flowing mirror. The Milky Way in Japanese is "Amanogawa" (天の川), heaven's river. So cool. Maybe I should call this painting one of those.

Some of you might have noticed that there are two different Japanese characters meaning "river": 河 and 川。The former looks like it has a mouth and dam inside; the water coming in from the left, see it? feeding the mouth. Japanese characters are always tiny pictures, you know, beautifully composed in a square format, each one. Reading a page of these tiny pictures can be like visiting a modern art museum. And they are a great fun to write.


chrisromain said...

The three-dimensionality in your painting is amazing. And your friends look like awesome people. Miss you.

David said...

I don't know how large the space nerd inside you is, but my nerd thought your nerd might be interested in this recent image from the Mars probe^_^

Mars Image

David said...

looks like star babies.

May all beings be Free and in Love.

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