Painting the Red Bamboo

According to Wikipedia, there are over 10,000 species of Bamboo and the site goes on to list all the different types of Bamboo available. The bamboo is no stranger in South East Asia. We use it to make cane chairs, decorate our gardens, eat the shoots of the bamboo and it is an all time favourite…

A lesson on Goldfish, Koi and Carp

Do you know the significance of painting a carp or a goldfish? Why does Japanese celebrate Children’s Day on the 5th of May with the flying of these koinobori, which are carp-shaped streamers? Why do we usually draw 5 fishes and write 五福临门? Last Saturday saw a new student joining my Sat Chinese ink class….