A Pond

Japanese Calligraphy by Nao

A Pond

ike, chi

A pond is called ike. Don’t pronounce it ‘aik.’ There are only five vowels in Japanese: a, i, u, e, o. The sound of i is close to the ‘i’ of ‘ink.’

There may be some ponds in your town. In Japan, the names of ponds have the suffix –ike or –chi. There aren’t many famous ponds.

When we don’t know the name of a pond, we sometimes talk about it as a pond that is used for a certain purpose or with certain characteristics. For example, a reservoir is called “ sui chi.” Bashō (1644-1694), a poet, made haiku, seeing an old pond.

Furuike ya = An old pond, yeah

Kawazu tobikomu = A frog jumps into

Mizuno oto. = The sound of water

The Order of Writing Strokes

  1. Write the dot in the upper left corner.
  2. Write the dot below it.
  3. Write the sweeping dot rising upper-rightward.
  4. Write the hook.
  5. Write the vertical stroke.
  6. Write the curve with an upward turn.

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