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Shared by friends and collaborators of Japan House London, 'Words & Thoughts' is a collection of words, characters or phrases in Japanese which are particularly poignant to them or for our time.

Yoshioka Sarasa is a 6th-generation dyeing weaver and collaborator for Japan House London's Living Colours: Kasane – the Language of Japanese Colour Combinations exhibition.

She chose: 山滴る ('yama shitataru': luscious mountains, seasonal word for early summer)

“With the arrival of spring, the leaves on the mountain trees begin to burst open, one after another. The beauty of this fresh green and the feeling of this breath of life is known as ‘mountain laughter’. As the seasons change and summer approaches, the leaves grow fuller and the colour deepens to a luscious green. It appears as though water is trickling down, creating the impression of an ‘overflowing mountain’ that is ‘dripping with lush growth’ (from the work of the Chinese 11th-century landscape painter Guo Xi). Now this dark world appears drained of all colour. Nevertheless, looking out of the window, nature brims with many different colours seemingly oblivious to the circumstances in which humans find themselves. Come May, wisteria and irises will start to blossom, and bamboo will grow taller and taller, stretching up in search of sunlight. I hope I can continue to appreciate with a pure heart nature in its untroubled form.”