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And here is the drawing. I used Conté pencils, Faber-Castell Graphite Aquarelle and Derwent Inktense on Arches 300 g/m² rough watercolour paper, 56 cm x 38 cm.

The portrait is based on a scene from the movie "Umimachi diary" ("Our little sister") by Hirokazu Kore-Eda. It is of the character Sachi, one of the sisters. This is the second portrait in a series of four, one for each character but that might take a while.

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I finished a new large . It's probably the most detailed drawing I ever made.

The main figure in the drawing is based on a picture I took at the Gion Matsuri in some years ago. It is a dancer performing the old Japanese court dance "Ran-Ryo-O".

I used Derwent Inktense and Conté Aquaralle pencils as well as watercolour paint (various brands). The paper is Arches 56cmx76cm 300g/m2 rough watercolour paper.

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I finished my , on the last day of my holidays! It's the first time I've done such a large (50cmx70cm). It's based on a picture I took of a lotus in a pond in a temple (萬福寺) near . of the lotus pond watercolour

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I'm Wim, in Glasgow (Scotland).
I like , , , cooking and ().

I do research on , and runtimes (e.g. ) for , and .

I program in , , , ++,.

@wim_v12e is my main account, I use it mostly for the non-technical stuff. The computer stuff usually goes on @wim_v12e.

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I finished my . It's based on a picture of a scene from the Gion Matsuri that I took in Kyoto last summer. I used pencils, acrylic watercolour paint and bistre.

Yasunari Kawabata was the first novelist to receive the Nobel prize in Literature. I recommend his novel "The Master of Go". When I read his Nobel lecture, its message really resonated with me. So I wrote an article about it: "The Beautiful Japan of the Mind".

Hey @kensanata

I got your Oddmuse Gemini Wiki server running on my Raspberry Pi


Very cool! Thanks for your work!

This is a lotus in the temple pond of the Manpukuji temple in Uji near Kyoto.
I took this picture during my last trip in the summer of 2017.

It is also the banner picture for my new post, "The Beautiful Japan of the Mind".

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And while we're talking about e2ee and privacy, I want to recommend my essays on e2ee at and on privacy on the fediverse at
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Another great line.

"The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater."

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I went hiking in the local mountains to improve my fitness.

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Lady Murasaki and Sei Shonagon (author of “The Pillow Book”, 枕草子, makura no soshi) were contemporaries and although they were not acquainted, they knew of one another. However, in her diary (紫式部日記, Murasaki Shikibu Nikki, also translated by Royall Tyler), Lady Murasaki was rather snide about Sei Shonagon:

“Sei Shonagon is very arrogant. She thinks herself so clever and litters her writings with Chinese characters, but when you look at them carefully you will find many errors. Those who want to behave as if they were superior to others will lower their reputation. Will their future be brighter?”

What I found really surprising is that in the Tale of Genji, Lady Murasaki criticized Sei Shonagon in a more implicit way. In chapter 20, Asagao (Tyler translates this as “The Bluebell” although Seidensticker’s “Morning glory” seems more correct), Genji says:

“More than the glory of flowers and fall leaves that season by season capture everyone’s heart, it is the night sky in winter, with snow glittering under a brilliant moon, that in the absence of all color speaks to me strangely and carries my thoughts beyond this world; there is no higher wonder or delight. Whoever called it dreary understood nothing.”

According to ichinen, this text invokes a poem by Sei Shonagon’s father, Kiyohara no Motosuke (清原 元輔). He was a famous poet and praised the winter moon in his poems, but his daughter says in her Pillow Book that the moon in winter is tasteless.

This anecdote and in fact the Tale of Genji as a whole illustrate to me how universal and timeless humanity and human behaviour are: although constrained by very different circumstances and cultural and societal parameters, Lady Murasaki’s stories and observations of the people from the Heian era are very recognisable for us today. That is of course one of the reasons for its enduring appeal.

@Eidon I'll post it from my other account so it can be a single post.

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@Eidon In the end I cut out the part about the Tale of Genji from my article, so I'll post the anecdote about Lady Murasaki and Sei Shonagon here.

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Which means that with just this single centre they could have all of Glasgow vaccinated in 4 months. That is much quicker than what I had hoped for.

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Wow! NHS Louisa Jordan, the emergency hospital in 's SECC, has been converted to a mass centre. They can administer 5,000 Covid-19 vaccines per day!

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In loving memory of Patrick Archibald @pla Obituary - Summerville, South Carolina - J. Henry Stuhr West Ashley Chapel

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@wim_v12e It's even called "A una nariz"

Érase un hombre a una nariz pegado,
érase una nariz superlativa,
érase una nariz sayón y escriba,
érase un peje espada muy barbado.

"There was a man to a nose attached
There was a superlative nose
There was a nose wide and long
There was a swordfish with a beard"

@Eidon Hi Eidon, how are you? We don't seem to interact much these days. I hope you are having a good weekend!

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Tendue dans l'attente,
La sonnerie du réveil
Me surprend quand même

TIL: Lady Murasaki sneaked a passage into the Tale of Genji to subtoot Sei Shonagon (of The Pillow Book fame).

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La pluie repeint tout
Même un jaune des plus vifs
Paraît sombre et sale
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