4. A and the Originating Energy of Utuho-tai


Autumn equinox setting sun (Okunomichi)


Utuho-tai and A Vowel


1.  The ideogram a  is a dot in a circle. The circle is utuho-tai. What, then, is utuho? Utuho is uchuu universe when it is umu born out of void; it is unseen, it is pure potential. In the illustration below, utuho is spelled out in Wosite ideograms for u-tu-ho, read top to bottom.




2.  Ho-tai is the triangular form of  u  vowel energy. See the article posted about ho-tai. Ho-tai represents the flow of energy from the left corner upward to the top, then down the right side, and finally horizontally to the left. The dot in the center of the triangle signifies an originating energy. This ideogram means great heat moving even now, as is necessary for the continuous origination of all things.

Next, consider the ideogram for tu. Tu is made up of the Y-like glyph of ta-sou overlaid on the triangle of  u. The Y-glyph represents reception of energy and the sound of the consonant  t. Note the junction at the center of the Y. The two arms gather energies from above, and balance and harmonize the energies; the vertical stem brings the energy downward.

The third ideogram is ho. It is made up of ha-sou for consonant  h  and hani-tai for vowel  o. The two lines of ho represent duality: up and down, male and female, etc. The square of hani-tai is like a box, bounding the contents and completing creation.

Utuho is the birth of all things, of all life.

Next, we look at words containing the utuho-tai, the  a  vowel sound.

Asa, morning


3.  The Japanese word asa (shown in red) means morning. In explaining asa, we consider the expression asakotoni. This means every morning, as in “every morning the sun rises.”

Let us analyze asakotoni. First, asa. Asa is made up of two circular ideograms. There is a dot in the first, and a horizontal line in the second. The  a ideogram is the unseen original energy, full of potential. The Sa ideogram has a horizontal line which indicates the balancing of energy. Sa is very bright and full of light. This helps us to understand asa as the time of day when the sun is rising and very bright, it has full potential.

Koto as a word is still used even now, but for the Wosite era, the meaning varies by each sentence. Asakotoni becomes a single concept through the particle* ni.  Thus asakotoni means “in every morning” or simply “every morning.”

* Particle, joshi:  Japanese particles, joshi or teniwoha, are suffixes or short words in Japanese grammar that immediately follow the modified noun, verb, adjective, or sentence. Their grammatical range can indicate various meanings and functions, such as speaker affect and assertiveness (Wikipedia).  In other words, joshi is not a noun, verb, adverb, or adjective per se. We may consider them “connecting words” since they give the relationships between the other words. They are very important in Nihongo.

The Wosite energy analysis goes something like this. Look at the images on the left. We have discussed the dot and the bar. We already know the meaning of the vertical k line, and the Y glyph for the t sound. The plus symbol represents connecting the energies both vertically and horizontally.

Ame, rain


4.  Ame means rain. It is shown in red. The expression we will study here is ame to huru nari. First, let’s look at ame, on the right. We have the same a as before. Now for me we have the river-like image of mitu-tai vowel e with a T-like glyph for the M sound. The energy which is always flowing is received and sent down. This is the real meaning of rain.

The particle to connects with ame and emphasizes it. This is due to the emphasis of the hani-tai of to.

As for huru, there are two triangles. Hu contains two vertical bars for the back and forth or male and female aspects of energy.  Ru has the upside-down Y indicating energy that is moving down and dividing as it goes. Nari is a joshi.

Allographs of  A

5.  There are various allographs (alternate forms) of the ideogram  a:  the basic, the formal, and the cosmic. The different ways of writing it helps us understand what is meant. The cosmic allograph indicates a connection with Ame, Cosmos.