Jade Flute Gate: A Save Point Review

All right readers, I’ve been just as excited as all of you about the expansion into the Jade Emperor’s territory, and I finally was able to try the new save point at Jade Flute Gate. Not only was it rumored to have one of the most expansive save facilities (200 free slots??!) but also –Continue reading “Jade Flute Gate: A Save Point Review”

Kishoutenketsu Parallels in Music

I’ve written before about the close relationship between kishoutenketsu and music, and wanted to share this video of the amazingly talented Jacob Collier explaining the concept of harmony to five different people, each time in an increasing level of complexity. (Side note 1: Jacob does a wonderful job explaining in not only this video, butContinue reading “Kishoutenketsu Parallels in Music”

Commentary and Lessons Learned: Snapshot of a desk space by the window

On the whole, I had a lot of fun with this piece, which ended up being more personal than I thought it would be.  Part of it was because I mined both personal material (ex. Old textbooks, assignments, emails the two times I got bachelors degrees) and existing writing – namely my 2018 project.  PartContinue reading “Commentary and Lessons Learned: Snapshot of a desk space by the window”

Snapshot of a desk space by the window

A short story by JYB A textbook on the lower left hand corner.  Fairly worn, the edges of the top right corner curled upwards from use. Several bookmarks are tucked into different sections with alphanumeric codes handwritten along the top edge so they peek out just so.   On the inside cover is a note tapedContinue reading “Snapshot of a desk space by the window”

Kishoutenketsu Mini-study: The Great Cocktail Quest

I discovered that NHK World has uploaded a bunch of videos – quite a change as it used to be very hard to find NHK content online.  What especially interested me now was not only the content, but also that these videos offer a great opportunity to study the kishoutenketsu structure in a new format.Continue reading “Kishoutenketsu Mini-study: The Great Cocktail Quest”

Quality Ingredient of Writing

I don’t often watch videos online these days but whenever I do, I tend to gravitate towards food shows. What struck me recently was the emphasis the majority of these shows place upon quality, local ingredients.  It made me wonder, what is the equivalent in writing?  For me, the three “pillars” of fiction writing areContinue reading “Quality Ingredient of Writing”

Kishoutenketsu’s Musical “Cousin”

An interesting side effect of researching and searching for examples of kishoutenketsu has been an appreciation for the Western narrative structure. Both have their uses: Western structure is very good at getting through a series of events, moving from point A to point B, while kishoutenketsu, in my opinion, is great at revealing a greaterContinue reading “Kishoutenketsu’s Musical “Cousin””

Kishoutenketsu – Thoughts on “Ten”& Examples

(This post will continually be updated as I come across more examples and deepen my understanding – feel free to leave a comment if you have examples to share as well!) Since reviewing the resources I have thus far on kishoutenketsu (起承転結) in my previous post, I’ve been pondering further what has made it soContinue reading “Kishoutenketsu – Thoughts on “Ten”& Examples”