Big Man Japan, 大日本人,Dai Nipponjin Image 21

From Brushed in Light: Calligraphy in East Asian Cinema by Markus Nornes

  • Names are brushed on a massive framed handprint on the wall. On a table before is sits a plate with the calligraphic character "Big. The style is evokes seal script, implying the family's lineage is ancient. There is also a decorative shogi piece with the backwards character for horse carved into the wood, called a "hidari uma," or "left horse." Uma read backwards—mau—means to dance, so this is a kind of good luck charm.
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  • Asian Studies
  • Media Studies
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