#japan

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  • cutie_hedgehog 10w

    A path full of falling cherry blossoms
    You and I under the blue sky

    ~ami

  • pallavi4 10w

    Kyoto

    The mystical land of cherry blossoms
    And ancient remedies
    The land where city life meets culture-
    Kyoto is very fascinating to me

    To be a part of the spring festivals
    And witness the abundant Sakura trees
    To watch graceful geishas perform
    The rituals of the tea ceremony

    Beneath their beguiling kohl rimmed eyes
    Lie scores of secrets untold
    Their hand painted kimonos are exquisitely crafted
    Carrying forward a legacy of the old

    Concealed in the knots of their obis
    Are traditional fanfare
    Their white faces are painted to perfection
    Making people stand and stare

    Embracing a quiet and serene life in the hanamachi
    And visiting one tea house after the next
    Maikos playing the shamisen or the flute
    Geishas in Kyoto do it best

    Preserving centuries old practices
    Geisha are considered moving works of art
    Of Japanese heritage they are if not the biggest
    A considerable big part

    I want to for a fraction of time be a part
    Of these artists when they are in motion
    Far away from the metropolis and hustle
    Bustle and the various commotions

    ©pallavi4

  • gokss__ 19w

    Someone who overthinks Is Also
    Someone who over loves

  • unnatural 19w

    Something should keeps us busy all the day!!!

    I would like to share few lines/quotes from the book/novel that I read.
    Reading is one thing that makes me happy. I hope sharing few good things make others happy.

    And adding to that, I can easily keep notes of the great lines here in miraquill. I have a bad memory��

    Book : IKIGAI : The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life.
    Author: Hector gracia and Francesc Miralles.


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    ** Can someone really retire if he is passionate about what he does?

    ** Ichoriba chode: treat every one like brother even if you have never met them before

    ** The most important thing is to focus on the journey

    ** Happiness is in doing, not in the result

    ** Never to be afraid to die, because you are born to die.

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    #ikigai
    #book
    #Japan
    #English
    #mirakee
    #miraquill
    #Writersnetwork

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    IKIGAI #1

  • pallavi4 20w

    Geisha

    I wasn’t born to this grand life
    I neither expect compassion nor have remorse
    I was carried here by the currents
    Changing the direction of my life’s course

    I sit waiting with my face painted
    In white coloured metallic oxide
    Delicate flowers adorn my raven hair
    The prominent rouge my anxiety hides

    With ruby coloured trembling lips
    And my small hands folded neatly in my lap
    Kohl rimmed eyes lowered in contemplation
    In the dim light of the gasoline lamp

    Draped in an elaborate silk kimono
    With the nape of my neck left bare
    A red undershirt shyly peeks
    So does the red ribbon in my coifed hair

    I am a creature of the night
    An artist to be admired and gawked at by all
    I’m perfectly poised from my head
    To the heels of the clogs that make me tall

    For tea ceremonies and spring dances
    I play the shamisen to entertain
    Men who pay for my company,
    Weaving a world of elegance one cannot feign

    Swish- swish my fans sway
    Every movement conveys a different feeling
    People come to watch me dance
    And are left with their minds reeling

    Not free to run my own life
    Okasan from my okia runs it for me
    My onee chan keeps me grounded
    Like the roots of a sakura tree

    Behind my painted face is pain
    Of wilful captivity and familial disgrace
    One day when I’m old it will disappear like smoke
    Eliminating my existence, leaving no trace

    Japanese words used :

    Geisha - a Japanese hostess trained to entertain men with conversation, dance, and song. Their distinct appearance is characterised by long, trailing kimonos, traditional hairstyles and oshiroi makeup.

    Kimono - a long, loose traditional Japanese robe with wide sleeves, tied with a sash.

    Clogs - a shoe with a thick wooden sole.

    Shamisen - a traditional Japanese three-stringed lute with a square body, played with a large plectrum.

    Okasan - In Japanese it means someone else's mother. The head of the okiya is addressed as “okasan”.

    Okiya - is the lodging house/drinking establishment to which a maiko (apprentice geisha) or geisha is affiliated with during her career as a geisha. A geisha's engagements at parties, and her lessons in singing, traditional dance, musical instruments and tea ceremony are also booked through her okiya.

    Onee chan - one’s older sister. She is the one who takes a maiko (an apprentice geisha) around the various tea houses, guiding and educating her till she becomes a full geisha.

    Sakura - The national flower of Japan, the cherry blossoms represents a time of renewal and optimism. The pops of pink mark the ending of winter and signify the beginning of spring.

    @pallavi4

    4th of January, 2022

    Pic credit: Pinterest, picture credited to its rightful owner

    #wod #consonance #japan #geisha @writersnetwork #miraquill #writersnetwork #poetry #pod #writerscommunity @miraquill

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  • gokss__ 24w

    Love isn't measure of how much pain you can tolerate for someone

  • gokss__ 24w

    Gaiety

    Girls says boys move on easily
    Boys says girls move on easily
    Reality is people who loved
    never move on easily
    ©gokss__

  • saevenia 37w

    Uiren's diverse biomes and The Aishro's culture are based on Japan and Samurai culture!

    #writer #author #poem #japan #fantasy

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    Saevenia Facts

    Uiren, the majestic and magical land of the Aishro, is based on Japan.

  • rezza_rezza 39w

    Sakura

    On a calm night
    With crimson red sky
    I met a Sakura
    A rare view indeed
    One not seen by mortal eyes
    One never heard of
    The genesis of a new story
    Hanami, oh hanami, was the only visible word in my thoughts
    However, yozakura didn't give room for hanami
    Yozakura, oh yozakura, took over
    In a field, full of rosy pink cherries, I wish to last with my Sakura.
    A wish, that can only be fulfilled for short while.
    Oh no!
    Do I exchange Sakura for another?
    ©rezza_rezza

  • pallavi4 45w

    Ikigai

    Hikikomori is a term in Japan used to describe someone who has “withdrawn” from society. The average age of hikikomori is around 32 and consists largely of men. This is a mental disease that was initially thought of as a simple refusal of a young man to leave the confines of his room/ parental home to interact socially or get a job. It is however much more layered and difficult to treat without medication and therapy .

    Crippled by the very thought of leaving
    The comfort of my home
    Has made me Hikikomori with no one
    But my parents to call my own

    My sekentei I’ve forsaken, become
    Completely amae and lost my ikigai
    Akin to a rapidly flowing river I’ve let
    Life simply pass me by

    The helplessness I feel inside is like
    A bird flapping it’s wings in a cage
    Not even my own brother can understand
    Or my discomfort begin to gauge

    Beaten, threatened and abandoned I survive
    Willingly bound to the confines of these walls
    Forgotten I have the komorebi through the sakura
    Or the autumn leaves come the fall

    Being considered a recluse, a hermit
    Would’ve relatively been some relief
    The doctors have failed to treat my condition
    Or find a reason for my disease

    Complicated is my situation just like
    The intricate folds of an origami bird
    People negate my very existence and
    I am considered a burden on this world

    I am like the broken vase that no kintsugi
    Could ever with gold hope to mend
    My life has an undecided future
    Living in an ibasho not seemingly a very happy end

    Japanese words used:

    1. Hikikomori: withdrawn
    2. Sekentei - a person’s reputation and the need they feel to impress others
    4. Amae - dependence
    5. Ikigai - essentially about finding your purpose in life
    6. Komorebi - the Japanese expression for the sunlight as it filters through the trees
    7. Sakura - cherry trees
    8. Origami - the Japanese art of folding paper into decorative shapes and figures
    9. Kintsugi - the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery by mending the areas of breakage with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum
    10. Ibasho - a place where you can feel like at home, being oneself

    @pallavi4

    12th of July, 2021

    Pic credit: Pinterest, picture credited to its rightful owner

    #wod #words @writersnetwork #writerstolli #miraquill #MirakeeWorld #writersnetwork #poetry #pod #writerscommunity @miraquill #hikikomori #ikigai #japanese #japan

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  • pallavi4 46w

    Shibui

    I watch you lustily drape yourself along
    The cobbled pathways
    In the dense forests I hear you pitter patter
    And see you reflect the sun’s rays

    As Komorebi shines in my heart
    It is my furusato - this village alongside
    The wabi-sabi of its austere and simple living
    Makes me want to in its refuge forever hide

    I come to lay the dyed fabrics of what will become
    Kimonos and obis along your wet trail
    Each one has their own oubaitori in essence
    A beauty that has strength and is not frail

    As the golden light filters through the bamboo
    And the sukura that stand by you
    I watch the flowers swirling in your waters
    Watch the peach and plum covered in dew

    The earthen pots I use to pour jasmine tea
    Remind me of your gurgles as you trip and fall
    The shibui of their delicate kintsugi forms are a
    Lesson of reverence for all things great and small

    You never stop flowing , however languidly
    In you I see a feral and singular force rise
    Smooth and fluid you are much like life
    You slowly turn into a forceful tide

    Ichi-go-ichi-e I’ve learnt from you over time
    To stall and admire life once in a while
    Setsunai from my heartbreaks I hope to forget
    And learn to truly, inwardly smile

    Japanese words used:

    Komorebi (koh-mo-reh-bee)
    - the Japanese expression for the sunlight as it filters through the trees

    Furusato (foo-roo-sah-toh)
    - another word for one’s hometown, but it’s not simply about the place where you’re from but the place your heart longs for.

    Wabi-Sabi (WAH-bi SAH-bi)
    - the Japanese concept of beauty lies in appreciating the imperfections found in nature as all things of the natural world are impermanent and thus beautiful.

    Oubaitori (oh-buy-toe-ree)
    - people shouldn’t live their lives comparing themselves to others, but instead value their own unique traits.

    Sakura (sa-ku-rah)
    - cherry trees

    Shibui (shih’BOO-ee)
    - a term used to describe objects that are attractive in their austerity and restraint.

    Kintsugi (kin-tsu-gi)
    - is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery by mending the areas of breakage with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum.

    Ichi-Go-Ichi-E (ih-chee-GO ih-chee-AY)
    - today is used as a reminder to slow down and savor each moment, because every encounter in life occurs only once.

    Setsunai (seh’tsoo-NA-ee)
    - A subtle emotion of bittersweet and seemingly endless pain, setsunai requires a sensitive nature to feel and is often associated with heartache and disappointment.

    @pallavi4

    3rd of July, 2021

    Pic credit: Pinterest, picture credited to its rightful owner

    Thank you @writersnetwork for the repost!
    Thank you @miraquill for selecting my post for EC 😊

    #wod #nature #japanese #river #japan @writersnetwork #writerstolli #writersnetwork #miraquill #MirakeeWorld #readwriteunite #thepoetrycommunity #poetry #pod #writerscommunity @miraquill #pallavi_editors_choice #pallavi_wnreposts

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  • ananias 48w

    #Japan #Nagasaki #Hiroshima #ww2 #nukes #antiwar #antiwar #radioactivity #nuclear

    Having recently watched some documentaries on the effects of nuclear radiation exposure I can safely say that the nuclear bombings of Japan in ww2 were some of the greatest man made catastrophes to ever see the earth. Radiation exposure causes your cells and dna to break down while you are still alive. Your cells stop regenerating. Your bone marrow turns to mush. Your white blood cells disappear and you slowly die as the last of your cell storage runs out and your body begins to rot while you are alive. It is impossible to cure and every part of your body is irradiated making any transplants or treatment impossible.


    In short, we should all be against these barbaric weapons.

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    [Big Boy and Fat Man]

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    It's a nuclear reaction. Chaos' bastion, compiling and building up enough force to smash them and enough dirty particles to last them three generations of birth defects. Atoms forced through living matter, it hardly mattered to them as cells were destroyed and dna broke down across those two towns. Looking for peace but only hell on earth was found.

    ©ananias

  • gokss__ 53w

    SHE

    "She is a mess!" They said
    "She is my mess" He said
    Everyone else burned ❤️

  • pallavi4 53w

    Hikikomori

    “Hikikomori” is a term in Japan used to describe someone who has “withdrawn” from society. The average age of hikikomori is around 32 and consists largely of men. This is a mental disease that was initially thought of as a simple refusal of a young man to leave the confines of his room/ parental home to interact socially or get a job. It is however much more layered and difficult to treat without medication and therapy .

    On the onset of the 1990s , Japan’s faced faced recession. Having a good education did not result in good jobs. Some people were forced to work part time jobs. This phenomenon was looked down upon and came with stigma, not sympathy . Such men “freeters”, a combination of the word “freelance” and the German word for worker “arbeiter” , “neets” - a British acronym meaning "not in education, employment or training" and “Hikikomori“ were considered parasites on the Japanese economy. The generation that had graduated before them in the 70s and 80s could not relate to them.

    Hikikomori are plagued by a crippling fear or lack of desire to go outside, anger towards society and their parents, sadness about having this condition, fear about what would happen in the future, and jealousy towards the people who were leading normal lives. This is complicated mental health issue that is still considered a social stain.

    A common reaction is for parents to treat their recalcitrant son with anger, to lecture them and make them feel guilty for bringing shame on the family. Some even resort to getting agencies to forcefully pull their sons out of the house in an attempt to reinstate them in society. The risk here is that the communication with parents may break down altogether. A few sufferers may also get violent and hit and scratch their parents who pester them. Other hikikomori might be obsessive, paranoid and depressed.

    The rising cases of hikikomori can be linked to

    1. “Sekentei” - a person's reputation in the community and the pressure he or she feels to impress others. The longer hikikomori reside inside their homes, the social pressure rises and this in turn makes them more aware as to their failures and recedes their already dwindling confidence and self esteem. Parents too feel embarrassed of having been shamed by their lazy sons and often delay seeking help for the same reason.

    2. “Amae” - dependence , that is characteristic of a Japanese family relations. The intricacy of the Japanese culture can only be compared to the complicated folds of Origami. The daughters are wed when they come of age and sent to live in their new homes. Sons however continue to reside in their parental homes sometimes forever. Japanese parents traditionally expect their sons to get jobs and look after them in their old age- sort of like a pay back. If the son becomes hikikomori and begins hitting his parents, the parents still may not consider throwing him out of the house. Some say this “amae” encourages hikikomori.

    The number of people affected by this affliction may hover around one million. Since by definition the hikikomori stay hidden , it is difficult to track them . The average age of hikikomori also seems to have risen over the last two decades. Earlier it was 21 - now it is 32.

    Sometimes the hikikomori seek help . It begins with reorganising the relationship between the parents and the hikikomori. By educating the parents, the bridge of trust and confidence is slowly built between them and the sufferer. Once the hikikomori are better they can be brought to the psychiatrist for further treatment.

    Through drugs and therapy , often group therapy, they are treated and sometimes able to rejoin society as productive members of the same. Many doctors say that hikikomori is an addiction much like alcoholism and difficult to get rid of without support .

    Since most hikikomori refuse to get out of their homes and go see a doctor , their parents attend an “ibasho” - a safe place for visitors to start reintroducing themselves to society.

    Japanese words used:

    1. Hikikomori - withdrawn

    2. Sekentei - a person’s reputation and the need they feel to impress others

    3. Amae - dependence

    4. Origami - the Japanese art of folding paper into decorative shapes and figures

    5. Ibasho - a place where you can feel like at home, being oneself

    @pallavi4

    13th of May, 2021

    Pic credit: Pinterest, picture credited to its rightful owner

    #wod #origami #japanese #japanese_culture #hikikomori #japan #mental_health @writersnetwork #writerstolli #writersnetwork #mirakee #mirakeeworld #readwriteunite #thepoetrycommunity #poetry #pod #writerscommunity @mirakee

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  • ileecoleman 54w

    A Dream

    I had a dream, i said
    About WHO, she said
    About YOU, I said
    Is that TRUE, she said

    True Indeed, I said
    Better believe, I said
    I was hoping to pick you up and help me CONCEIVE it, I said
    Let me SEE, she said
    I may AGREE, she said
    Or I may find it uninviting and quickly FLEE, she said

    I bent my lips and showed my teeth to help me get in her head But her beautiful set of eyes messed with me instead

    Let me SEE, I said
    You and ME, I said
    Were holding hands and locking lips under the TREE, I said

    Under the TREE? she said
    You and ME? she said
    It must have been mistletoe intertwined within the LEAVES, she said
    What I noticed was that she slightly readjusted her stance, In such a way that made me sure that I could get in her pants, So I stepped up my pursuit like it was the last dance, I reached out and caressed her hands so that my words could advance
    Could it BE, I said
    CURIOSITY, I said
    Is getting the best of you and now you’re wanting to SEE, I said

    She smiled at me and said with her face all red, Dreams come true when you least expect them to And I just shook my head

    She pressed her lips against my mouth raising my mini-me from the dead, Until my emotions ran amuck levitating both pant legs
    How would it FEEL, she said
    If you take the WHEEL, she said
    And lead us both into ecstasy without a moment of dread

    My eyes opened wide and the corners of my mouth widely spread
    This dream of mine is going just fine and now my pencil is all lead
    I’d be a FOOL, I said
    To play it COOL, I said
    When we both know that I’m excited and about to DROOL, I said
    Does this mean… I continued
    That we are about to get into
    All the pleasurable things I dreamt about and have them all come true?
    She nodded her head and said yes, Then took her time to undress, To unveil all the wonderful gifts in which GOD chose her to bless

    I couldn’t believe my eyes as I got to see inside, Cause my dream became a nightmare
    When I found out she was a GUY

    #poetry #amwriting #poetryporn #nyc #russia #telaviv #washington #sweden #poetryofinstagram ##europe #china #japan #author #amwriting #seattle #tacoma #germany #world #canada #london #italy #spain #france #tampabay #africa #amsterdam #losangeles
    ©ileecoleman

  • sruthi_hyungsik 56w

    Owe your success to your failures
    And not humans.



    ©sruthi_hyungsik

  • gokss__ 57w

    I was taught
    Distance= speed × time
    But no one said
    Distance= sleepless nights × memories

  • gokss__ 57w

    Power is always dangerous It Attracts the worst it Corrupts the best

  • gokss__ 57w



    Hatred must never take the place of LOVE

  • sidhubalkaran 57w

    Mondo is another short form of poetry that comes from Japan. The idea is to pose a question in the first stanza and then try to answer it in the second. A single stanza of a Mondo has 5-7-7 syllabic structure knows as a Katuata (side poem or a half poem). The Mondo is pretty similar to a Sedoka but varies in terms of the subject matter, which is nature for mondos. This form was used as a religious training method by monks in the past, written in the spirit of Zen and encapsulating an observation of natural surroundings. It was sometimes written by two different poets.
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    #mirakee #writersnetwork #napowrimo2021 #napowrimo #mirakeewrites #writerscommunity #instapoets #mondo #haiku #japan #poem #pod #poemoftheday

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    M for Mondo

    The Sun in glory
    and a shallow creek, how it
    begins before it begins?

    Nature finds a way
    Grain by grain, the hills falter
    A valley soaked in beauty.