Finally found the time to finish these pieces!
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Image 1: The bottom-left cartouche features the kanji 鳴戸, which is read naruto, meaning ‘whirlpool’. (Note: uzumaki has a similar meaning, translated as ‘maelstrom’.)
The top-right cartouche contains the kanji 古祟翻恵, loosely meaning “An ancient curse becomes a blessing”.
Image 2: The top-left cartouche contains the symbols 龍毬, literally meaning ‘dragon’ and ‘orb’.
The bottom-right cartouche features the kanji 不憩奮励, meaning ‘Never resting, striving higher’.
Image 3: The left cartouche features the kanji 末撓気師, literally meaning “the last bending air master”.
The right cartouche contains the characters 土火気水, which mean ‘earth, fire, air, water’.
I am a big admirer of Jed Henry’s art and all that he has done to sustain and spread the craft of traditional Japanese woodblock printing. I have been meaning to contact him about doing a print for our show for a while now, and also just to tell him how much I love his work. So I am overjoyed that he chose Avatar as the subject for one of his wonderful reinterpretations, the third beautiful image here. So cool! Thanks, Jed! I hope we connect soon.
No, this is a story about how you’re totally totally totally in love with aunt Robin
ROBIN: If you have chemistry, you only need one other thing.
TED: What’s that?
There’s a story about a little wave, bobbing along in the ocean, having a grand old time. He’s enjoying the wind and the fresh air - until he notices the other waves in front of him, crashing against the shore. “My God, this terrible”, the wave says. “Look what’s going to happen to me!”
Then along comes another wave. It sees the first wave, looking grim, and it says to him: “Why do you look so sad?” The first wave says: “You don’t understand! We’re all going to crash! All of us waves are going to be nothing! Isn’t it terrible?”
The second wave says: “No, you don’t understand. You’re not a wave, you’re part of the ocean.”
Source: “Tuesdays With Morrie” by Mitch Albom
that was my favorite part