Saturday, June 25, 2005

KARA TSUYU

Was very honored that Mystic asked if she can learn Japanese from me...

Hmm... have no experience 'teaching' Japanese through the net yet lah...

Anyway, I think the word 'karate' (空手)is well known all over.

'Kara' as in 'empty' and 'te' as in 'hand'...

So, karate means you fight with an 'empty hand'...

Similarly, the equally well known term, 'karaoke' means 'empty orchestra'...

But why 'oke' for 'orchestra'?

My take... the Japanese are fond of truncating words to 'save' energy...

Where I live, June is a time for persistent raining.

Rain that sometimes pour and sometimes continuously dripping for days, stopping intermittently only for cloudy skies...

They call it the 'tsuyu'(梅雨)season... literally, the season of the plum rains...

But as in the unusual number of typhoons hitting our shores last year, we are having an unusual spell of dry weather.

Thus, as per karate and karaoke, we are having 'kara-tsuyu'...

The last dry spell to hit the Sanuki plain was in 1994 when taps went dry except for only four hours per day.

The weatherman today fears that we could be heading toward a drought worse than that of 1994...

The 'save-water' notice just went up… and naturally I feel obliged to follow suit...

But my poor garden...

I feel a bit embarrassed to be seen using the precious water for the plants...

Luckily, I have a habit of waking up at 5.00 am during most of the summer, so I make a quick appearance at the garden to caress the plants before my neighbors wake up...

Still, my poor plants...

Their leaves, wilting... they seem thirsty...

I should be doing the Rain Dance soon...