Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Consoling Spirits...

At Kaneiji Temple in Ueno, we stumbled upon a rather quirky monument.
Mushizuka; a monument made from natural, unprocessed stone to console the spirits of the insects that died after being used models for drawings by Masuyama Sessai; Lord of Ise Nagashima (current day Mie Prefecture). 
Masuyama Sessai mastered the art of realistic painting of Nanpin-ha school in China and produced many paintings of flowers and birds. Chuuchi-jou; a collection of insects drawing is especially famous for its minuteness and accuracy.
I have to admit, I probably tormented and killed a lot of insects (especially love to catch dragonflies for some reason when I was smaller @.@) and did it without much thought about them because well, they are insects.

Life in any form is precious even if its life is short.

28 comments:

  1. Hi, lina. You have very warm and kind heart. Any insect has its own spirit. It's a kind of Japanese way of thinking.Do you like this notion?

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    1. I learnt about it from Ge Ge Ge no Kitaro anime. ^^
      Learnt about yokais and the underworld from that anime, as a matter of fact. ;)

      I like the idea of all things having a soul and it should be observed so that we do not discard anything, even inanimate objects needlessly but I don't think many people observe that notion now... :(

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  2. This is ...

    Stops to consider alternatives for "cute". Touching? Beautiful? Deliciously eccentric? A wonderful reminder that all life is precious?

    All of that. Glad you finally did this post! I'm embarrassed to admit that I walk past Kaneiji so often, but I've never spotted this stone myself. I'll go back once it cools down a bit. (Ugh. This week is HOT. It's too hot even for hot babes from Africa.)

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    1. Your post and somehow reading that 50 Shades of Grey books made me want to put this post badly.

      I should probably do a post on Kaneiji Temple soon instead of just a section of it one by one. Don't you think so?

      Hope it cools down soon.

      It's been bearable here in Malaysia lately as rains make the temperature drop but I have to say I HATE it when it rains on early weekend mornings! I have stuff to do outdoors from 4.00am - 9.00am, dear Weather.

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    2. Yes, full post, please! (^-^)

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    3. We aim to please.

      I'll try to whip out something soon. xD

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  3. Looks like an interesting place that could go unnoticed. You are right Lina, all life is precious and should be preserved.

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    1. I wish I spent more time there.

      I have to keep reminding myself that life is precious...

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  4. When as kids we dunno the right and wrong. Used to 'gum' dragon flies with dried latex soaked in kerosene tied to a long stick..right now do not have a heart to even kill mozzies.

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    1. Bananaz!!!!!!
      Long time no hear! Welcome back! You are returning back to the blogosphere, I hope? You have been missed.

      I tied dragonflies to the stick using the sap from mango trees when I was small.

      Stomped on tadpoles.

      Poked snakes. (They were lots of them at my parents' house)

      Chased chickens, caught them and dangle them for fun.

      So I was a bully not only to insects. @.@

      At least I never bully cats.

      I still kill mozzies gladly. And cockroaches. xD

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  5. Such an interesting thought on life in the world. I couldn't be so kind to insects, but as long as they keep out of sight, I'm okay. Even getting bit by mosquitoes this season, I realized the bright side of the itchiness. I must be delicious. ^^

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    1. Dru, that's funny! "I'm delicious." I'm going to remember that next time I'm a mozzie meal! (^-^)

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    2. I guess I'm delicious too!

      Oh crap... I just finished 50 shades of grey trilogy and my brain can't function normally... so it strayed when it sees "I'm delicious".

      *must rinse brain*

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    3. Exactly! Why aren't you reading How to be a good obedient wife instead?!

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    4. Me, obedient?

      Snort on my hazelnut hot chocolate.

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  6. I swear the Cucumber Cleric has put a jinx on any comments about Fifty Shades of Grey. When I try to comment higher up, my comment keeps disappearing. Three times! Let me post this down here and see what happens.

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  7. Me again. This is the weirdest thing ever. Same comment got rejected again. Maybe Blogger has decided I'm spamming you.

    I want to know why that book made you want to write a post about a grave for insects. What on earth (or on a double bed) (with handcuffs) do they have in common? (@_@)

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    1. Your earlier comments went to spam. Imagine that! @.@

      Well, tombs for insects and kinky f**ckery do not have anything in comment but I'm looking past the handcuffs, and was feeling err... melancholy about life after reading about Christian Grey's f**cked up past and was feeling how precious life is and all that. That's the connection I have between these two.

      p.s. It's not as bad as all that, if you get past the 90% sex and get the 10% story. Oh well, make it 99% sex and 1% story. xD

      It reminded me of how Zaini & I didn't have a rosy childhood. Nothing too f**cked but my childhood did made me kinda *weird* and Zaini had his share too.

      Plus reading the story got me making an "appointment" and "play time" with toys. So... ummmm.... nothing too harsh from me about the book.

      But the trilogy will probably not be in my list of must re-read a few hundred times book.

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    2. Fifty Comments from Rurousha! (>_<)

      I've deleted my avalanche of earlier emails. Hmph. Thanks, Blogger, for rejecting me on my mentor's blog!

      I'd rather retreat into a library with books than a dungeon with handcuffs, but that's just me. I don't do handcuffs. I get claustrophobic. ^^

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    3. Oh dear...
      It seems it's not only comments from you that went to spam. The others too! o.O

      Why Blogger Why??????

      I don't mind books. I don't mind cuffs. But not too sure about dungeons, unless we are talking about Dungeons & Dragons. xD

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  8. Yes, all life is precious. :)

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  9. I wonder if every life form has memory of its previous life form...

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    1. I hope not.
      Imagine the baggage of the past that it'll carry if it does.
      I for one, do not wish to. And I speak from experience. Not of my previous life, but of my past. :(

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  10. Wow! They respect insects too?

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  11. I'm sorry but I can't build a monument for dead mosquitoes and cockroaches!!! I just have to kill them on sight, especially cockroaches!!!

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