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The Surroundings of the Archaic Character

October 4, 2005 to October 29, 2005



When we open a dictionary of archaic words, the archaic character offers up a variety of meanings, including to meet, a painting, a blessing, and wisdom - the mental activity of identifying and assessing the logic of truth - or (“Eh!”) a word that expresses emotion.


Even before I knew the meaning of this character, the strange shape of , which looks more like some kind of symbol than a character, had become enveloped within my sensibilities. Once aware of the meaning, I felt in my heart even more strongly a stirring of something evolving from this, and wanted to spend some time walking in the surroundings of .

- Masao Yamamoto, 2005