Wednesday, 24 January 2018

jet programme or english as she is spoke

We enjoyed this introduction from Public Domain Review to the woodcuts executed in 1887 by Kamekichi Tsunajima for an instructional series titled “Ryūkō eigo zukushi” (A Fashionable Melange of English Words) that depict a sampler of everyday objects, plants, animals, people and activities with their English and Japanese names. The undertakings “looking moon,” “cross child,” “shampooer,” “game of ches” and “cuting rice” struck us as meditative and very zen-like and a refreshing departure from the usual Western foreign language primers.