Dosanko, as most Japanese people can tell you, is a word that means "native to Hokkaido." Hokkaido is the northern frontier of Japan, the beautiful (but cold) northernmost island/prefecture of the Japanese archipelago. Japan has been my home since birth, and the greater part of my life has been lived in Hokkaido.
As a non-Japanese living in Japan, I am usually treated with the kind of courtesy one would show a guest. There is an underlying assumption in almost every conversation I have ever had, with all but a handful of people, that I have a "home" in another country, and that I will eventually return there. Which I don't, and I won't. My art name is my way of claiming this as home; claiming a right to claim that I belong here in Hokkaido.
Well, that's one mystery solved, right? The words on the etegami are a quote from the poem The Naming of Cats from the book Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T.S.Eliot.
Thank you. I've been awaiting when you'll share your really, really cry with us, readers. Please keep this precious name.
:-) If you are FROM this beautiful place why oh WHY would you ever even think about going anywhere else!! I agree!!ReplyDelete
and I love this TS Eliot cat...my 2 are sitting behind me now, contemplating whether dinner was enough...
Ever a pleasure dropping by your blog and learning a little about you and getting from you, a personal and beautiful glimpse of Japanese culture.Delete
By the way, I really your translation of Japanese poems and proverbs. Is there a book about these with your artwork in the pipeline?
What a great explanation of your name and adorable etegami!ReplyDelete
It must feel difficult at time to claim something we are entitled to...ReplyDelete
I love the thought of the day!
Debbie, I was delighted to finally know the origin of your interesting name. Wonderful! Like here, someone will say, "I'm an Oshkosh girl; I'm a California girl.... etc. Not as graceful or as good an identifier as your form. (BTW I AM or WAS an "Oshkosh girl." No longer a girl, nor in Oshkosh, but it was my growing up place.ReplyDelete
I love coming here and reading such rich information. I also like your chices of quotations. It inspires me to read. Always, I love your etegami I hope you have a lovely week.ReplyDelete
Thank you for this post. I wondered if you would be treated as an outsider. Guest is better than that, but your art name is even better.ReplyDelete
Sometimes being treated as a guest (traveler) is not so great. I've had doctors refuse to treat my complicated health problems, saying "Go back to your home country and have it treated there." Even though I'm a permanent resident here, have no other home, and certainly have no health insurance anywhere other than Japan.Delete
So interesting to read about your name. I love the Eliot quote and I LOVE your blue cat!ReplyDelete
That is so interesting. And I've been seeing your name at illustrationfriday for a long time. Now I know the rest of the story.ReplyDelete
That is such an interesting story. I love to read your stories about the history and origin of words and traditions in Japan.ReplyDelete
Thank you for the wonderful post, Mrs. Davidson! It made me smile wholeheartedly at 12:15 AM.ReplyDelete
And sorry for calling you "Mrs. Dosanko" in the past! I thought it was your marriage last name!
Best thoughts and wishes from Bucharest, Romania!
No need for an apology, Tiberiu. It's a confusing name, I know. :)Delete
So there! I love this post!ReplyDelete