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June 17, 2007 - Buddha.. all about the balance.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 17, 2007 3:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The characters are Chinese characters. I don't know if they're used in the Japanese language for other meanings, but they're definitely in the Chinese language. The two characters in the first panel, zi4 ran2, mean "nature", or "natural". The character on the tea kettle, cha2, means (surprise!) "tea".


Ooh, thanks!
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 17, 2007 4:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Same in Japanese.

自然 = shi zen - nature
茶= cha - tea
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 17, 2007 5:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is excellent. I especially like the coloring in 4-6, and Buddha walking his cloud. Very Happy

Oh, and the watercolor-like background in the walking panel.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 17, 2007 11:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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A little goof : Gautama and Dragon play Japanese chess instead of Chinese one (pieces are giveaway)
How exactly is that a goof? Shogi is played by Chinese and Japanese.

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Since when has shogi been played on a 12x12 board?
That does seem to be a goof.

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isn't the dragon Japanese, tho?
I got the feeling he was just Eastern.

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anyone have seen god? we kinda missed it on that comic?
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The characters are Chinese characters. I don't know if they're used in the Japanese language for other meanings, but they're definitely in the Chinese language.
Aren't all Japanese Kanji originally Chinese characters?
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2007 12:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lemontree wrote:
I kinda want a poster of today's strip!


I don't know if you have one in your area but you can have one made at Staples, enlarged/printed, mounted and laminated for about 10 bucks

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The characters are Chinese characters. I don't know if they're used in the Japanese language for other meanings, but they're definitely in the Chinese language.
Aren't all Japanese Kanji originally Chinese characters?

they are as a matter of fact, I studied Japanese the last three years of high school
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2007 1:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

TestTubeError wrote:
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A little goof : Gautama and Dragon play Japanese chess instead of Chinese one (pieces are giveaway)
How exactly is that a goof? Shogi is played by Chinese and Japanese.


- The rules are a bit different, think of it like English and French rules for checkers, and the pieces are quite unmistakeable, prisonners are indicated by their facing in the Japanese version. You'll find the Japanese version played only in Japan, mainland asia plays the chinese form.

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isn't the dragon Japanese, tho?
I got the feeling he was just Eastern.


- A fair bet would be he is a more prevalent figure mainland afaik, but yes generally eastern.


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The characters are Chinese characters. I don't know if they're used in the Japanese language for other meanings, but they're definitely in the Chinese language.
Aren't all Japanese Kanji originally Chinese characters?


- Yes, some are modified to fit local customs. In Japan you have, at least, 2 ways to read a kanji, On & Kun, meaning Chinese and Japanese version. To the best of my knowledge, kanji were made offical during the 7th century.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2007 9:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I really enjoyed the look on cerberus face (at least one of them) when he spots the cloud.

priceless Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2007 9:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sam the Eagle wrote:
In Japan you have, at least, 2 ways to read a kanji, On & Kun, meaning Chinese and Japanese version.

And sometimes more than one kanji for the same thing, and sometimes there's a kanji for a thing but it can't be printed because that kanji isn't in the standard printing set, and sometimes a kanji is used for the sound of its name rather than its actual meaning, and ..... Fun language, really Smile

A very long time ago I lived with a woman who ran a tiny bar set in the corner of a farmer's field next to the then-brand-new Datsun factory in Kanagawa-ken, sort of between Zama and Tsuruma. It was very popular with the single guys at the factory, since they lived in the factory dormitory, didn't have cars, didn't make much money, and it was a long cab ride to anywhere else. One of my ways of amusing myself was to get them to write down the kanji for various things. This often generated long, noisy arguments that'd last for a couple of hours and wind up involving just about everybody in the bar. For some reason I never fully understood, asking about the kanji for various fish was especially effective.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2007 4:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Buddha walking his cloud is the best part... I like the look on the third head of cerberus... or is it the first head?


Buddhism is pretty cool, but it's not without it's flaws and inconsistencies.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2007 6:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You know, if you're going to make generalised statements about religions (with poor grammar), you're not going to look worldly, you're just going to look stupid.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2007 1:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You know, if you're gunna be a massive dick shit everytime someone says something incorrect/generalized/or not... well you're not gunna look cool/smart/or worldly, you're gunna look like a massive dick shit.


Dick shit.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2007 3:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, Brain.Damage, go on. Surely your powers of adding on to an insult directed at you in a pathetic attempt to reverse its direction shall lay low all opposition. Continue to tell people that they are 'dick shits' when they call you on your ignorance, please.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2007 5:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like the religions that basically says " don't be a dick", but that's just me.

I really dig the buddah strips though.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2007 6:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Uncle Benny wrote:
I like the religions that basically says " don't be a dick", but that's just me.


Maybe we should convert a couple of people on this forum.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2007 7:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I dont think you guys are in the majoprity though.
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