Blog #4 – Kawaakari

Kawaakari – pronunciation ka-wa-a-ka-rE

Kanji – 川明かり Hiragana – かわあかり

(n.) the gleam of last light on a river’s surface at dusk; the glow of a river in the darkness.

Deceptively simple, composed using two kanji referring to river and brightness, although the word is described as untranslatable the imagery associated must be some of the most evocative. To witness liquid gold from sunlight’s last on a rivers surface or silver and shades of platinum from the moon rays move like mercury in braided seams is a powerful and entrancing experience.