Monday, January 26, 2009

In a floating world.....

oh...I felt in a floating world all day....I had to work until late, really late on Sunday night and get up early so this monday was a day between parenthesis. Grey parenthesis...But it didn't matter as outside, rain kept falling, wind kept blowing and I was left to my dreams of a big fluffy white bed where I could lazily stretch and sleep at last....


I know it's Chinese New Year but this charming Japanese calendar image obsessed me since I saw it this afternoon. Can one be more graceful under the rain while picking the laundry ? This etching is part of an exquisite exhibition of Japanese prints (the representation of daily life and pleasurable activities on earth depicted as the "floating world" at the end of the XVIIth century by opposition to the sacred and eternal world) which is now held at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France in Paris until feb 15th. Wish I had a flying bed to take me there in a zest of seconds....

May this Year of the Ox bring you the best !
Let's all be brave under the storm....




ps : I've been ridiculously rude not visiting your blogs lately or answering some questions. Please forgive my Andalusian laziness and sleepiness. I promise I'll catch up tomorrow ! I'm now off to my floating bed....



pic : from the BnF
site (with thanks)

Rain, Suzuki Harunobu (1725-1770)
Calendar image, 1765

26 comments:

Khaled KEM said...

Nice post as usual Lala.
I was born in the year of the Ox but I have no clue what it does mean?
Of course I read about it but still wondering...
I hope that you can finally get some rest. I post couple of new Arabic music clips, I hope that you like them.

Khaled KEM said...

I totally forgot. Thanks for the lovely cards. I can't wait until I get them.

Mélanie said...

Happy chinese New year Lala ... May this year bring you the best

Ana Cristina said...

You always post the loveliest pics! And I do so love Japanese prints. I went to Tokyo last spring and foolishly did not buy any. :(

willow said...

Wow! I adore this Japanese print "Rain".

It's w o n d e r f u l.

A Thousand Clapping Hands said...

I don't want to disturb you on your floating bed Lala, but I must tell you that I absolutely love the delicateness of that etching which is a perfect match for your always delightful manner of saying things! All the best in this Year of the Ox!
Catherine

Yoli said...

Happy New Year of the Ox Lalita!! We are celebrating here the whole week.

Linda Sue said...

Happy YEAR, Lala. I just began the year with a night class- trying to learn a bit of Italian but my brain feels thick...

High Desert Diva said...

I too, love the print.

It's a lazy time of year. *yawns*

Sara said...

Oh yes, Japanese prints are stunning....the line and color and patterns all come together in such a pleasing way. And that's a mighty tall clothesline! It is always interesting to see glimpses of how other cultures and times carried out the everyday sorts of things we all must do.

kendalee said...

I hope this finds you feeling rested, Lala. Floating...

I also LOVE the print. If only I could look so elegant when I deal with my laundry... Alas, usually it's not at all a pretty sight! :) x

A Cuban In London said...

I loved the print and the combo of Japanese-Chinese culture. Many thanks.

Greetings from London.

Here, There, Elsewhere... and more said...

Happy Chinese New year..!
Love the mix Japanese Chinese culture (as above)..:)

Gillian said...

No apologies for rudeness or laziness needed...I epitomize rudeness and laziness!!! LOL
Like you, I get to the blog when I get to it, I want it to remain a passion for a long time. Now I finally get here to see your BEAUTIFUL Valentines cards. You are a genius! I love your work soooo much.
I am sending some sunshine your way, be sure to get out of bed and stick your head out the window so it can kiss you on the cheek!
Much love from chilly Canada my sweet friend! Happy year of the Ox!!!!!!!!!!!!
xoxoxoxo

Claire said...

sleep snug and very sweetly.

xox

Susana said...

Lala, happy year of the 牛 OX!this could be a quite interesting year and apparently very good for artistic and creative people... so there you go!!!

Anonymous said...

Thankyou for your beautiful photos.

They cheer me up on these miserable grey English days, but all is not sad.......next month we take possession of an old house in a village near you!

Do you know where we can buy old furniture with character, suitable for an old house?

kyh said...

Happy Yr of the Ox lala! Do u guys have Chinese New Year (CNY) celebrations in where u're staying? ;)

The drawing is beautiful. So serene... Even though it's Japanese, it evokes some Chinese feeling in it. You know, Japanese and Chinese do share some similarities in their culture and traditions.

Couture Carrie said...

What a gorgeous illustration!

xoxox,
CC

marc aurel said...

I think the whole point of the print is the losing a shoe and the elegance of inconvenience.

dutchbaby said...

That is a glorious print - so much movement!

Happy New Year, Lala! I read that the Year of the Ox should be a prosperous one. I'm hoping it will be.

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