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Fu-ro-siki 風呂敷 [3 Iroha poem]

Iroha poem is printed on this furosiki. You begin from Right to Left, of course from top to bottom. It includes all 47 hiragana so that each of them represents a phonetic utterance (sounds) in the Japanese. [note 1] No letter is repeated. Since its existence (11 century) there have been several interpretations on context and about who created. Sure very very mysterious poetry. There are even encryption theories.
Here, outlined English explanation →

160918 Furoshiki a-1
100% cotton. square size : 105 cm, perhaps most popular size
Iroha Hiragana en Kanji
contemporary hprizontal way of writing.
Left: hiragana. Right: hiragana conbeined with Kanji

The way of writing is traditional Japanese vertical mode, namely ''top to bottom'' and ''right to left'', while we do nowadays ''left to right, top to bottom'' which is horizontal mode as same as European alphabetical order. Both vertical and horizontal methods are taken since Meiji period (1868~). The former is adapted mostly for daily life, however, the latter is used in paticular for Japanese/Chinese languges dictionaries, ancient articles by shrines/temples and many cultural oppotunities.

160918 Furoshiki a
How to wrap things by number of methods.

160918 Furoshiki b-1-

Hereabove plants are illustrated, all of them are herbs which has been used since ancient time in Japan. European herbs are often named xxxxxxx officinalis, officinale and officinarum as scientific species name (Nomenclature system by Carl Linnaeus). It means such a plant was officially recognized as medicine and used for treatment by doctor/hospital in human history. These Japanese herbs may have 'officinalis' too. There could be common herbs in both far West and far East.

160918 Furoshiki b
How to wrap a little complicated forms

IMGP scarf 1 53x52
This one is pretty colorful, say fashionable with beautiful patterns, and looks like a half transparent furoshiki. Its size : a square of 53 cm, maybe handy for carrying small thing. But this is in fact a kind of scarf for women, or probably handkerchief. I got a set of four design variations from my home country in order to give someone as gift. Who can use it in Netherlands, no idea. [note 2]

160918 Furoshiki col a-1 b-1

Back to these furoshiki. ↑ Iroha poem and herb illustrations. They are a set of two real furoshiki. Why do such mysterious poetry and ancient medicinal plants are combined?

[continued] Fu-ro-siki 風呂敷 4 [Herb & Iroha]

1. It may be said Japanese alphabet. For example, American alphabet has 38 letters, and Latin or Greece or Arabian alphabet systems are own their numbers of letters. Referance: German alphabet children song that I learned nearly four decades ago in southen German when stayed a couple of months.

2. To wipe nose with cloth-handkerchief, in case of cold in the nose, is/was an European habit in ordinary life. People does/did use same cloth repeatedly in a day. Can you dare to do so with such beautiful handkerchief? (today therefore paper's one (^_^))
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Victor Westhoff(1916-2001)碑文Hij observeertからのHNを本名と苗字に先立つ屋号に変更。ウエストホフは生物フローラの相互生息環境を丹念に観察したBiotop概念の先駆者。ザザーッとフィールドを歩きつつ、こぼれ見える外史/雑人/雑草の風景


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