"The Birth of the Rose" is about a king of the gods named Suthep, who is unmarried. He usually has no love for any of the goddesses, but something extraordinary happens: he falls in love with a goddess named Madhana. He tries to make her love him, but she has no interest. He learns from Mayavin, his magician, that she was the daughter of his enemy in their past lives. Mayavin offers to help him by casting a spell on Madhana in order to make her love him for just a short while. He summons Madhana to his palace and declares his love for her, but she says, “NO!” Suthep angrily tells her that she must leave heaven and will be banished down to Earth. Before leaving, she requests to be reborn as a rose, a perrenial flower.
There are different temples in Southeast Asia, such as the Angkor Wat. The Angkor Wat was a Hindu temple, but is now used by followers of the Buddhist religion. There are also stupas in Southeast Asia, which are big Buddhist places of meditation that may hold remains of Buddhist monks.
On reading: さん(san)
Kun reading: やま(yama)
At first, medieval castles were built out of mud and wood, but then people discovered that the wood could burn down. In 1100 CE, people converted to building them out of stone. Castles were built on top of hills because they could see farther away and throw objects at attackers. Also, there was a drawbridge and a moat. Inside the castle there was a Keep, which was a place to store food, and barracks, which housed the knights and soldiers who protected the noble and his land. Another place is the great hall, a place to feast and meet the noble on regular days, and the chapel, a place to hold religious festivals and ceremonies.
On reading: いさ(isa), いつ(itsu)
Kun reading: ひと(hito)
On January 18th, I went to a Japanese event at the Japanese Information Center. There were three activities; one of them was a Japanese game, Karuta (かるた), where one person would read a sentence (in Japanese) and then the other players had to find the first hiragana (ひらがな) character in that sentence from a stack of cards laid out on the table. The second activity was where one could do origami, a Japanese style of paper-folding. The third activity was to practice writing Japanese calligraphy. One could write any Japanese kanji, such as inu(犬), which means “dog”. There were also had food, drinks, and desserts to try! I tried chow-mein, and although it is a Chinese noodle dish it was extremely delicious!
There were lots of photo op boards, where one could stick head into a hole in the image and friends and family could take one’s photo!
My mythological creature’s name is Philopele. She has the head of a cat (Sweet Stripes), body of a horse, legs of an elephant, wings of a Rainbow Lorikeet, and a tail of a mermaid. She eats trash at night from Chicago trash bins; she tries to help the garbage collectors so they don’t have to pick up as much trash in the morning. Philopele is very benevolent. Her special powers include the ability to see in the dark, capable of flight, and she is an excellent swimmer. She is also very loyal and strong. Philopele only likes me, my family, my animals, and my stuffed animals. She is usually very private about things. She lives in mythological creature land. She is 24 years old.
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