literature: general

The Chinese Japanese zodiac

In honor of New Year’s, here are all 12 zodiac signs in chart form! Yay! Japan uses the same 12 animals as China, one per year, and there are special kanji for when you use them as zodiac signs:

  • 子(ね/ne) rat (short for ねずみ/nezumi “rat, mouse”)
  • 丑(うし/ushi) ox
  • 寅(とら/tora) tiger
  • 卯(う/u) rabbit (short for うさぎ/usagi)
  • 辰(たつ/tatsu) dragon
  • 巳(み/mi) snake (conveniently looks like a snake)
  • 午(うま/uma) horse
  • 未(ひつじ/hitsuji) sheep
  • 申(さる/saru) monkey
  • 酉(とり/tori) bird, rooster
  • 戌(いぬ/inu) dog
  • 亥(い/i) pig, boar (short for いのしし/inoshishi)

Add the word for “year” 年(とし/toshi, sometimes changes to どし/doshi in compounds) to get the names of each type of year.

  • 未年(ひつじどし/hitsujidoshi) Year of the Sheep

But that’s not all! In addition to being associated with years, the zodiac signs are also associated with directions and times of the day. This is only important if you read old-timey documents (or things that are trying to sound old-timey), but it’s still cool.

If you arrange the zodiac signs in a circle, going clockwise with the rat at the top, you basically get a compass rose. North is the direction of the rat, south is the horse, etc.

  • うしとら/ushitora “northeast” (literally “ox-tiger”)

The circle is also a 24-hour clock–each sign gets a 2-hour period, starting with the rat at midnight.

  • 子の刻(ねのこく/ne no koku) hour of the Rat, 11 pm-1 am, around midnight (刻 means “carve”, we carved the day into chunks and this is the one for the rat)

…I think this might be why the special zodiac kanji for horse 午 means “noon” in words like 午後(ごご/gogo) “afternoon”

I hope you guys have good 未年!

Honestly, dudes, if I ever teach a Canadian Literature class the first week is going to be a pop quiz called “Was this nominated for a Governor General Literary Award or did I find it on AO3?” and it will be just selections of somewhat uncomfortable sex scenes.

Spoiler alert: they’re going to be all GG winners because nothing says Canadian Literature than a sex scene that no one’s enjoying themselves in.

eternaldarknessinthesoul  asked:

What are some good shoujo manga like Hirunaka no Ryuusei or Horimiya? I just can't find any that are longer....

Hmm, it depends on your definition of ‘good’ but I would recommend reading these! (: 

  • Akatsuki no Yona
  • Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji
  • Kaichou wa Maid-sama
  • Haru Matsu Bokura
  • Runway no Kobito
  • Kamisama Hajimemashita
  • Namaikizakari
  • Millennium Snow
  • Hana to Akuma
  • Noragami (not really shoujo but still some moments)
  • Momochi-san Chi no Ayakashi
  • L-DK
  • Sukitte II Na Yo
  • Kyou, Koi wo Hajimemasu
  • Orange (TAKANO Ichigo)
  • Sensei Kunshu
  • Stand Up! (YAMAKAWA Aiji)
  • Chicchai Toki kara Suki dakedo
  • Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun
  • Ao Haru Ride
  • Taiyou no Ie
  • Crayon Days
  • Orange Marmalade
  • Last Game
  • Hajimari no Niina
  • Heroine Shikkaku
  • Mairunovich
  • Kimi ni Todoke
  • Hiyokoi
  • Honey Buddy
  • Black Bird
  • Dengeki no Daisy
  • Hanagimi to Koisuru Watashi
  • Skip Beat
  • Lovely Complex
  • Kimi ga Inakya Damette Itte
  • Hibi Chouchou

& There’s more and more out there in the shoujo world LOL. I’m sorry this took really long to answer but I had a lot to list and worth listing down, so I hope this list makes up for my lateness xD ENJOY READING ALL OF THESE.
100 suns - hinaya

Author Summary: The name on your skin is the name you’ll wake up to every morning, the name you’ll whisper in the dark at midnight and the name you’ll scream when you feel like the currents are pulling you under-

Rating: General

katiegardner-4’s thoughts: I honestly loved this! For people rummaging the world for a soulmate au for solangelo - here’s your blessing. Pretty well written, if I do say so myself, characters aren’t too OOC (thank the heavens), and the author does a brilliant job describing all the tattoos and portraying the characters as well as the setting and staying true to every characters instincts and mindsets. Very enjoyable read. 

Have you ever wondered what the 1976 winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award was?

Well never fear, I’ve got you covered.

Bear by Marian Engel

Why should you care? Well, here’s the cover:

Surely, you say, that must just be a weird graphic designer with a fetish? It can’t ACTUALLY be about a woman being seductive with a bear!


And now you can never unknow that a book about a woman having an affair with a bear won the highest literary prize in Canada in 1976. You’re welcome.

Kanji: 羊

2015 is the year of the sheep, so here’s the kanji for sheep! It’s based on a picture of a sheep’s face, with horns and everything.

羊 is pronounced ひつじ (hitsuji) on its own and よう (you) in most compounds:

  • 子羊(こひつじ) lamb (子 child)
  • 羊毛(ようもう) wool (毛 hair, fur)
  • 羊肉(ようにく) mutton (肉 meat)
  • 山羊(really weird reading やぎ/yagi) goat (山 mountain)

(Note: The “sheep” zodiac sign, as opposed to just the regular animal, is often spelled 未 (which normally means “not yet”) because zodiac signs are weird that way.)

あけましておめでとうございます! (Happy New Year!)

We, sir, are ready at Fort McHenry to defend Baltimore against invading by the enemy…that is to say, we are ready except that we have no suitable ensign to display over the Star Fort and it is my desire to have a flag so large that the British will have no difficulty seeing it from a distance.

George Armistead, lamenting to General Samuel Smith of his lack of a flag to fly over Fort McHenry in advance of the Battle of Baltimore