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卡 – 不上不下


卡 – traditionally means ‘stuck’ is comprised of the characters 上 ‘up’ and 下 ‘down’. It is a pictorial way to illustrate it is neither up or down. It can even be seen as both up and down.

It is pronounced as ‘kar’ in Cantonese and it is often used to pronounce words/names in foreign languages. The most common example is card. It is used to describe an object in a form of card in Cantonese. A piece of card ‘卡片’ is referred to as ‘business card’.

The fact that this character use as a sounding word most of the time, it is difficult for people to appreciate its meaning and form.

Bicycles #2



Since I have got a touring bike getting a bike bag was definitely on the list. Bike bags generally are not the most good looking accessory and for a traditional bike, the need to look ‘right’ is very important at least to me).

Luckily the trip to Nagoya last year meant I was able to visit one of the bike bag makers in Japan. The bags were made to order as every bike’s dimension can differ.
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