Susanô was Amateratsu’s (sun goddess) brother


This is Susanô who retrieved the original Kusanagi no Tsurugi from the tail of the hydra and gave it to his sister, who gave it later to Ninigi no Mikoto the first “godsend” ruler of Japan. This Tsurugi with the mirror and the jewel are the three regalia proving the divine mandate given to him….

得心 or 心得 (kokoroe 2)


 I do not speak Japanese but I love to “understand” the meaning of Japanese kanji. This is one of the many things I learnt from Sensei during all these years. Today, a friend sent me an interesting comment about “kokoroe” (cf. recent post). Kokoroe, “knowledge” is written 心得 shin/kokoro + u/toku. But when the two kanji of “kokoroe” are reversed: i.e. 得心,…