From Round to Square (and back)

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A new post appears every day at 12:05* (CDT). There's more, though. Take a look at the right-hand side of the page for over two years of material (1,600 posts and growing) from Seinfeld and country music to every single day of the Chinese lunar calendar...translated. Look here ↓ and explore a little. It will take you all the way down the page...from round to square (and back again).
*Occasionally I will leave a long post up for thirty-six hours, and post a shorter entry at noon the next day.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

China's Lunar Calendar 2014 08-20

Click here for the introduction to the Round and Square series "Calendars and Almanacs"  
⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦ From right to left: ⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦
8/24.........................................................................................................................8/16

This is one in a never-ending series—following the movements of the calendar—in Round and Square perpetuity. It is today's date in the Chinese lunar calendar, along with basic translation and minimal interpretation. Unless you have been studying lunar calendars (and Chinese culture) for many years, you will likely find yourself asking "what does that mean?" I would caution that "it" doesn't "mean" any one thing. There are clusters of meaning, and they require patience, reflection, careful reading, and, well, a little bit of ethnographic fieldwork. The best place to start is the introduction to "Calendars and Almanacs" on this blog. I teach a semester-long course on this topic and, trust me, it takes a little bit of time to get used to the lunar calendar. Some of the material is readily accessible; some of it is impenetrable, even after many years

As time goes on, I will link all of the sections to lengthy background essays. This will take a while. In the meantime, take a look, read the introduction, and think about all of the questions that emerge from even a quick look at the calendar.
Section One
Solar Calendar Date
(top to bottom; right to left

三期星
Eighth Month, Twentieth Day
Astral Period Three
Wednesday, August 20
———————————————— 
Section Two
Beneficent Stars 
(top to bottom, right to left)
德歲
日支
Generational Branch
Virtuous Linkage
—————————————————
Section Three
Auspicious Hours
(top to bottom, right to left
申辰子
中吉
酉己丑
戌午寅
吉吉
亥未卯
23:00-01:00 Inauspicious
01:00-03:00 In-Between
03:00-05:00 Inauspicious
05:00-07:00 Auspicious

07:00-09:00 Auspicious
09:00-11:00 Inauspicious
11:00-13:00 Auspicious
13:00-15:00 Inauspicious

15:00-17:00 In-Between
17:00-19:00 In-Between
19:00-21:00 Auspicious
21:00-23:00 Auspicious

The hours above are for Hong Kong. It is up to you if you want to recalibrate or to assume that the cyclicality of the calendar "covers" the rest of the world. This is a greater interpretive challenge than you might think.
————————————————— 
Section Four 
Activities to Avoid  
(top-to-bottom; right to left) 

嫁詞
娶訟
Lawsuits and Litigation
Marriage Alliances
—————————————————  
 Section Five 
Cosmological Information 
廿






Twenty-fifth Day (Seventh Lunar Month)
Cyclical day: guihai (60/60)
Phase (element): Water
Constellation: Jade Wall (14/28)
"Day Personality" Cycle: Level (4/12)
—————————————————  
Section Six
Appropriate Activities
(and Miscellaneous Information
(top-to-bottom; right to left)




五上
虛朔
天重
罡日
Appropriate Activities
Leveling, Evening, and Painting Roadways

Baleful Astral Influences
Upper Decade
Doubled Days
Five Vacancies
Heavenly Dipper
————

  Section Seven
Inauspicious Stars 
(right to left) 
丫 州
Bifurcation, Landmass
————

Section Eight
Miscellaneous Information

牀 房
Divination
Bed, Edifice

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Besuboro Guy—Strike!

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***  *** 
One year ago on Round and Square (18 June 2012)—Fieldnotes From History: Provincial Elections (a)
Two years ago on Round and Square (18 June 2011)—Living and Learning: Teaching the Emperor

[a] Individual and Society RF
可飛ばせ, 山本!
Let 'er rip, Yamamoto!  OR
Fly to base, Yamamoto!
—Common Japanese baseball chant
(Yamamoto is a common surname, like "Jenkins")

[b] Looking for a strike RF
And if Yamamoto wants to let 'er rip (and fly to base), he needs a good pitch down the middle of the plate. The pitcher needs to throw strikes, and the hitter should learn to hit those pitches. That's beseboro.

But this post is about the strike of 2004. Yes, Japanese baseball shut down in September 2004. And you know what? The fans sided with the players. The issues weren't salary or work conditions so much as how league play would be shaped (including the interleague play that we saw yesterday). The owners caved, everyone made up, and baseball got back on-track.

 


But still, there was a strike in Japan. That still makes me shake my Besuboro Guy head.

[If you don't read Japanese, but want to have some sense of the Japanese kana and kanji in these posts, just copy the phrases and paste them into translation software such as Babylon or Google Translate].
[c] One kind RF
[Originally posted on August 19, 2014]

China's Lunar Calendar 2014 08-19

Click here for the introduction to the Round and Square series "Calendars and Almanacs"  
⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦ From right to left: ⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦
8/24.........................................................................................................................8/16

This is one in a never-ending series—following the movements of the calendar—in Round and Square perpetuity. It is today's date in the Chinese lunar calendar, along with basic translation and minimal interpretation. Unless you have been studying lunar calendars (and Chinese culture) for many years, you will likely find yourself asking "what does that mean?" I would caution that "it" doesn't "mean" any one thing. There are clusters of meaning, and they require patience, reflection, careful reading, and, well, a little bit of ethnographic fieldwork. The best place to start is the introduction to "Calendars and Almanacs" on this blog. I teach a semester-long course on this topic and, trust me, it takes a little bit of time to get used to the lunar calendar. Some of the material is readily accessible; some of it is impenetrable, even after many years

As time goes on, I will link all of the sections to lengthy background essays. This will take a while. In the meantime, take a look, read the introduction, and think about all of the questions that emerge from even a quick look at the calendar.
Section One
Solar Calendar Date
(top to bottom; right to left


二期星
Eighth Month, Nineteenth Day
Astral Period Two
Tuesday, August 19
———————————————— 
Section Two
Beneficent Stars 
(top to bottom, right to left)
月陽四月
恩德相德
Lunar Virtue
Four Facings
Yang Virtue
Lunar Kindness
—————————————————
Section Three
Auspicious Hours
(top to bottom, right to left
申辰子
凶凶凶
酉己丑
中吉中
戌午寅
吉中
亥未卯
吉吉吉
23:00-01:00 Inauspicious
01:00-03:00 In-Between
03:00-05:00 Inauspicious
05:00-07:00 Auspicious

07:00-09:00 Inauspicious
09:00-11:00 Auspicious
11:00-13:00 In-Between
13:00-15:00 Auspicious

15:00-17:00 Inauspicious
17:00-19:00 In-Between
19:00-21:00 Auspicious
21:00-23:00 Auspicious

The hours above are for Hong Kong. It is up to you if you want to recalibrate or to assume that the cyclicality of the calendar "covers" the rest of the world. This is a greater interpretive challenge than you might think.
————————————————— 
Section Four 
Activities to Avoid  
(top-to-bottom; right to left) 

行除放開
喪服水渠
Opening Sluices
Putting-into Water
Discarding Clothing
Mourning Visits
—————————————————  
 Section Five 
Cosmological Information 
廿





滿
Twenty-fourth Day (Seventh Lunar Month)
Cyclical day: renxu (59/60)
Phase (element): Water
Constellation: Room (13/28)
"Day Personality" Cycle: Fullness (3/12)
—————————————————  
Section Six
Appropriate Activities
(and Miscellaneous Information
(top-to-bottom; right to left)
上開嫁會
樑市娶友
修交裁出
倉易衣行
補修移訂
塞造徙婚
安動醫納
葬土病采
對厭
大九三下
亡空空喪兀 
Appropriate Activities
Meeting Friends
Going Out (and about)
Marriage Engagements
Grain Payments
Marriage Alliances
Cutting-out Clothing
Moving Households
Physician Visits
Opening Markets
Trade and Commerce
Repairing and Constructing
Moving Soil
Putting-up Beams
Repairing Granaries
Patching and Plugging
Positioning Graves

Mutual Repression

 Baleful Astral Influences
Lower Amputee
Three Mournings
Nine Vacancies
Great Loss-Void
————

  Section Seven
Inauspicious Stars 
(right to left) 
白 水
White, Water
————

Section Eight
Miscellaneous Information
栖 庫 倉
Perch, Storehouse, Granary

Monday, August 18, 2014

Besuboro Guy—Interleague Play

Click here for the "Celebrity Commentary" Resource Center—(all posts available)
Click here for the introduction to the Round and Square series "Celebrity Commentary" (coming soon)
This is a "small" (小) post—click here for an explanation of Round and Square post lengths.
***  *** 
One year ago on Round and Square (18 June 2012)—Fieldnotes From History: Provincial Elections (a)
Two years ago on Round and Square (18 June 2011)—Living and Learning: Teaching the Emperor

[a] Individual and Society RF
可飛ばせ, 山本!
Let 'er rip, Yamamoto!  OR
Fly to base, Yamamoto!
—Common Japanese baseball chant
(Yamamoto is a common surname, like "Jenkins")

And sometimes Japanese baseball players let 'er rip (and fly to base) in ballparks they don't usually see in the ordinary course of events.

Like the American major leagues, Japanese professional baseball finally relented in 2005 and began...interleague play. 
[b] Central League: Yokohama RF

Just as the American League and National League teams in the United States play against each other during the season (and not only in the All-Star Game and the World Series), so, too, do the Pacific League and Central League teams play home-and-home two-game series every year.

It all happens over a two-month stretch in the middle of the season, and is probably a (generally) good thing, even for traditionalists. You see, some of the teams way off in the "west" don't get as much attention as Yokohama, Tokyo, and others. This way, they get to play in the other ballparks and show their stuff to fans all over Japan.

And yet...traditionalists like moi, Besuboro Guy, just don't like it (and don't even get me talking about the designated hitter.

[If you don't read Japanese, but want to have some sense of the Japanese kana and kanji in these posts, just copy the phrases and paste them into translation software such as Babylon or Google Translate].
[b] Pacific League: Fukuoka RF
[Originally posted on August 18, 2014]

Goofus and Gallant Teach History and Ethnography—Sullen Goofus

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This is a "small" (小) post—click here for an explanation of Round and Square post lengths.
 ***  ***
On this date on Round and Square's History 
18 August 2013—China's Lunar Calendar 2013 08-18
18 August 2013—From the Geil Archive: Hat and Cattle
18 August 2012—Rural Religion in China (14)
18 August 2011—Displays of Authenticity: Thome Run #600
[a] Highlights Magazine 2001
You probably didn't see this coming. Here is one of the oddest pedagogical experiments in the twentieth century, and it makes the Republic of China (on Taiwan) primary school readers look almost tame in comparison (well, sometimes). It began as early as 1936, depending on the hoary sources you investigate. By 1948, it was a part of Highlights magazine for children, and I got my copy every week (several decades after 1948, I might add) at Randall School in Madison, Wisconsin, back when the Badgers lost eighty percent of their football games. 

This series will teach us a great deal about culture, society...and history. I lived some of it. I would be lying if I said that I didn't aspire to be Gallant...even as I recognized the stupid lack of irony in all of these unreflective adults-writing-for-children-DIDACTIC posts. Still, I aspired to be Gallant. I'm proof that you can be didactic with some of the children, some of the time (for better or worse).
[a] Perfection crossing RF

As we take a look for the next few weeks at more recent "Goofus and Gallant" posts, we can still see that Goofus is a little jerk. Although it is a small sample, something does seem to have changed a little bit. Goofus remains rude, to be sure, but he seems to be sulking a little bit more than in those 1960s pictures of rudeness we have seen.

Take a look at the images at the bottom. All I can say is that if I were Goofus's parent, I would be happy to get out of the house every once in a while. On top of it, he has been a pesky youth since...1959. Like Bart and Lisa Simpson, he never ages.

The image on top is even more problematic. We've all had times when we aren't ready to chat with our friends for one reason or another. Saying within earshot "tell him I'm not here" is one of those line-crossers that most of us learn pretty early on. Go hide under your bed, or zip up into the treehouse. Don't make mom cover for you.
[c] Goofus's parents pull away RF

Gallant understands all of these things as he weaves, happily and effortlessly, through the social waters. In fact, he is so perfect that there is a reason why most Internet searches you will do of the pair will come up with ironic fake-Highlights, many of which are hilarious.

By 2001, Goofus was pouting; Gallant remained ever-perfect. 

Is there any wonder that people who know a little bit more about the world (usually that means every fourth or fifth grader) would want something maybe just a little bit...less saintly?
[d] Gallantly perfect RF

China's Lunar Calendar 2014 08-18

Click here for the introduction to the Round and Square series "Calendars and Almanacs"  
⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦ From right to left: ⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦
8/24.........................................................................................................................8/16

This is one in a never-ending series—following the movements of the calendar—in Round and Square perpetuity. It is today's date in the Chinese lunar calendar, along with basic translation and minimal interpretation. Unless you have been studying lunar calendars (and Chinese culture) for many years, you will likely find yourself asking "what does that mean?" I would caution that "it" doesn't "mean" any one thing. There are clusters of meaning, and they require patience, reflection, careful reading, and, well, a little bit of ethnographic fieldwork. The best place to start is the introduction to "Calendars and Almanacs" on this blog. I teach a semester-long course on this topic and, trust me, it takes a little bit of time to get used to the lunar calendar. Some of the material is readily accessible; some of it is impenetrable, even after many years

As time goes on, I will link all of the sections to lengthy background essays. This will take a while. In the meantime, take a look, read the introduction, and think about all of the questions that emerge from even a quick look at the calendar.
Section One
Solar Calendar Date
(top to bottom; right to left


一期星
Eighth Month, Eighteenth Day
Astral Period One
Monday, August 18
———————————————— 
Section Two
Beneficent Stars 
(top to bottom, right to left)
除陰
神德
Yin Virtue
Expelling Spirits
—————————————————
Section Three
Auspicious Hours
(top to bottom, right to left
申辰子
中吉
酉己丑
吉中
戌午寅
中吉
亥未卯
中中
23:00-01:00 Inauspicious
01:00-03:00 In-Between
03:00-05:00 Inauspicious
05:00-07:00 Inauspicious

07:00-09:00 Auspicious
09:00-11:00 Auspicious
11:00-13:00 Auspicious
13:00-15:00 In-Between

15:00-17:00 In-Between
17:00-19:00 Inauspicious
19:00-21:00 In-Between
21:00-23:00 In-Between

The hours above are for Hong Kong. It is up to you if you want to recalibrate or to assume that the cyclicality of the calendar "covers" the rest of the world. This is a greater interpretive challenge than you might think.
————————————————— 
Section Four 
Activities to Avoid  
(top-to-bottom; right to left) 

造合
酒醬
Mixing Sauces
Making Liquor
—————————————————  
 Section Five 
Cosmological Information 
廿






Twenty-third Day (Seventh Lunar Month)
Cyclical day: xinyou (58/60)
Phase (element): Wood
Constellation: Danger (12/28)
"Day Personality" Cycle: Discard (2/12)
—————————————————  
Section Six
Appropriate Activities
(and Miscellaneous Information
(top-to-bottom; right to left)
上理
樑髮
除掃
服舍
安動
葬土

月咸
忌池
Appropriate Activities
Patterning Hair
Sweeping Rooms
Moving Soil
Putting-up Beams
Discarding Clothing
Positioning Graves

Cold Cicadas Sing
(the thirty-ninth of seventy-two five-day solar micro-periods on the agricultural calendar)

 Baleful Astral Influences
Widespread Pond
Lunar Taboo
————

  Section Seven
Inauspicious Stars 
(right to left) 
白 人
White, Person
————

Section Eight
Miscellaneous Information

門 灶
Kitchen
Gate, Stove