These are just a few snaps from the Chineasy project created by Taiwanese designer Shao Lan. Shao Lan was inspired to initiate this project because she felt there was a disproportionate amount of effort put in by Chinese speakers to learn English but not the reciprocal.
I’m not certain of the entire methodology but the Chineasy project seeks to break down Hanzi into easy pictographic origin stories. I think the next step is after you’ve got base hanzi down is to let you add them together shown in the images below.
I just thought it was clever design and a more than decent hanzi tool for visual learners. I don’t know what kind of learner is the type that has to write them over and over and over and over but sadly that’s me.
I told Miyazaki I love the “gratuitous motion” in his films; instead of every movement being dictated by the story, sometimes people will just sit for a moment, or they will sigh, or look in a running stream, or do something extra, not to advance the story but only to give the sense of time and place and who they are.
"We have a word for that in Japanese," he said. "It’s called ma. Emptiness. It’s there intentionally.”
Is that like the “pillow words” that separate phrases in Japanese poetry?
"I don’t think it’s like the pillow word." He clapped his hands three or four times. "The time in between my clapping is ma. If you just have non-stop action with no breathing space at all, it’s just busyness. But if you take a moment, then the tension building in the film can grow into a wider dimension. If you just have constant tension at 80 degrees all the time you just get numb.”
The Thorncrown Chapel
Architect architect E. Fay Jones, an apprentice to Frank Lloyd Wright, designed the Thorncrown Chapel near Eureka Springs, Arkansas. The non-denominational chapel is a shining example of organic architecture, a philosophy of architecture which promotes harmony between human habitation and the natural world.