Learning Japanese – my first class

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I started Japanese  classes yesterday. As expected, I’m the worst student in class. It’s hard for me to be in a class that focuses primarily on conversation: I’m a visual learner so I need I need to see the words to memorize them. I only “get it” once I’m studying on my own afterwards. Humbling experience.

The day after the class, I started doing comics using the few words of Japanese I learned.

You’ll find below the first ever bilingual English-Japanese Old Pond comic!

As Basho and snail are climbing Mount Fuji, snail gets tired and…

op_language_shoe_sockIt’s fun to try to make “one word” comic. Kutsu=shoes, kutsushita=socks.  

From time to time The clouds give rest to the moon-beholders. Basho

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op_basho_moon_clouds_pause_viewingThis week, I went moon-viewing (Otsukimi) for the first time in my life. I am putting together a zine detailing my experience. I’m hoping to post it within the next week. Stay tune!

From time to time

The clouds give rest

to the moon-beholders.

 

- Basho (Haiku, R. H. Blyth, p. 931), haiku-comic by Old Pond Comics

 

 

Asked how old she is, / She holds up the fingers of one hand; / The change of clothes. – Kobayashi Issa

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Asked how old she is,

She holds up the fingers of one hand;

The change of clothes.

 

- Kobayashi Issa (Haiku, R.H. Blyth, Hokuseido Press, 1984, 2nd print paperback, p. 728)

 

Haiku-comic by http://www.oldpondcomics.com