Hanja for Cimi: 字 letter, character 자

Rixing Type Foundry

Rixing Type Foundry (日星鑄字行) is the only foundry that still makes the traditional Chinese character for printing presses. These unique pieces preserve the beauty of Chinese characters. Each set of type contains of over 300,000 characters and ornaments.

See variations of “double happiness” 囍 쌍희.

mix01mix02mix03

mix006mix008mix009

Read more in the BBC article Preserving traditional Chinese printing.  This should be made into a museum.

North Adams has PRESS. PRESS is a public art project that invites people to see the process of traditional letterpress printing. I am quite fond of the beauty and history of printing presses.

字 letter, character 자

As we all know by now, hanja 한자  is Chinese character.  ‘Ja’ for character.

typepress

letter

True story: Saturday, I was admiring a block of type at the Providence Zen Center, similar to the one below.  After a minute I exclaimed, “Oh, it’s backwards!”  Of course it is backwards.  This was observed by a Korean woman I had not yet met.  She smiled, and we struck up a conversation about the Heart Sutra and the Tripitaka Koreana.  I was so proud of myself for recognizing some Chinese characters, even in mirror image, the way typesetting works.

Copy of a Tripitaka Koreana woodblock used to allow visitors to make an inked print of the woodblock. Haeinsa first built in 802, one of the Three Jewel Temples of Korea, is one of the foremost Buddhist temples in South Korea, most notable because it is the home of the Tripitaka Koreana, the whole of the Buddhist Scriptures carved onto 81,258 wooden printing blocks.Haeinsa first built in 802, one of the Three Jewel Temples of Korea, is one of the foremost Buddhist temples in South Korea, most notable because it is the home of the Tripitaka Koreana, the whole of the Buddhist Scriptures carved onto 81,258 wooden printing blocks.

Copy of a Tripitaka Koreana woodblock used to allow visitors to make an inked print of the woodblock.
Haeinsa first built in 802, one of the Three Jewel Temples of Korea, is one of the foremost Buddhist temples in South Korea, most notable because it is the home of the Tripitaka Koreana, the whole of the Buddhist Scriptures carved onto 81,258 wooden printing blocks.

typemirrorimage

Here is some Korean vocabulary.

글자 -字 

letter (type 활자) type (number 숫자, symbol 기호) character

Advertisements
This entry was posted in Korean, Learning and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s