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Remember my, “Because It’s Easy” post? In that one, I pulled my dusty dictionary off the shelf and found the word, “ba”; then found the definition on Wiktionary to be incongruent with my Webster’s version. That was a good lesson and I’ll repeat that bit of research here.

Ba is an Egyptian concept of the soul, the spirit that lives on after death. 

Today’s word, ka, is the life force, or the spiritual entity, believed to live in the body during life and to survive it after death. The big difference between the two, according to Wikipedia, is the corporeal version of Ba, versus the more ethereal quality of Ka. 

Thanks, Google, for search – as I found this resource explaining the five parts of the Egyptian soul. Who knew? 

This is definitely one of those, “writing to learn” projects. If I run this project for a year, I’ll be through the dictionary 12 times. In a few years, I’ll be ready for Jeopardy.


This is the first word after half a page (1023, to be exact) of words that start with japan. Yes, I know I did not capitalize there, because there is a word, japan, before the word, Japan. That definition is all about hard, durable, black varnishes – but this post is about jape, which means to jest or joke.

Here we go, a new word (for me) about being funny – how funny! Jape also means to mock, make fun of, and as a noun, it is a trick or practical joke. If I had more material ready for this topic, the rest of this post would be filled with japery.

Here’s one for you: Say this out loud…. What do you call a fish with no eyes? “fsh”

I’m going to need something fresh for Thursday, so if you’ve heard a good one, send email. 

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“Turning Japanese, I think I’m turning Japanese, I really think so.” Those lyrics are from an old, one-hit wonder band, the Vapors. In this song the idea of taking pictures gets twisted a bit. Later lyrics include,”I want a doctor to take your picture, So I can look at you from inside as well” – suggesting complete obsession with the subject.

What does it mean? What does that have to do with this? Other than this is the second consecutive subject of a blog post that is something Japanese, nothing. I just like the song and it makes me smile.

So, we are up to the letter, “i” in the dictionary and I found this word somewhere between ignorance and illegitimate, so there it is. Ikebana is, according to Webster’s, the Japanese art of arranging flowers. Although the true history of the craft is listed as unidentified in Wikipedia, the future of the practice is likely to be bright, given the sources of instruction available today. 

If you’ve come this far, thank you for reading my blog. If I had not started this project, I would know nothing about Happi or Ikebana. Maybe it’s the same for you?

Happi Coat

This is something I should wear, for the suggestive power it certainly must have. Yes, I realize it’s not spelled like happy. However, it sure sounds the same to me.

We should all have some garment we can don, to make ourselves feel content.

Speaking of content, this is all this is. A Happi (a.k.a., Happi Coat) is a Japanese straight sleeved coat traditionally worn only at festivals. Today, you can find several online vendors of this clothing article.

One more article in a series, this is designed to satisfy my need to post something daily. Or, at least, I’ll post something each weekday.

That’s all for tonight.