The harmonious dance of in and yo on the floating bridge of heaven being Ame-no-Ukihashi is the basis of this martial art. The martial art consist of connecting one stance or action to another; each stance is represented by the hiragana when you do the art right it creates a flawless rhythm of harmony. In an earlier chapter we spoke about the Similarities of this martial art to Akido. In this Chapter we will look at how western music notation and theory similarities coincides, and parallels the foundations of Ame-no-Ukihashi, the Hiragana; as well as our spiraling universe being one song.
All things maintain a rhythm and flow then finds itself in the harmony of the universe meaning one song. Ame-no-Ukihashi is a physical language using the hiragana symbols to express the movement chi energy through each stance. Which is as known as “woman hand” representing the subconscious. Connecting the stance and creating the katas with fluid ease falls in similarity to music. Interestingly the Hiragana symbols seem to flow more like notes than basic letters.
I notice this phenomenon while practicing the treasure sailboat peom for the Baku perfromance I have been working on for some time. I learn that the auspicious song-like palindrome (a verse that reads the same backward or forward); yet It only can be truly written clearly in hiragana form. I thought I would just play the recording I made and perform it backward since it flows as such. Then it dawn to me; I notice you can not say the poem backwards or reverse because as “to” would sound or be said as “ot”. It only can be read clearly backwards in the hiragana or better yet said played backwards as you would be hitting the same cords or notes. The concept of the treasure boat story consist of the seven gods bringing the good fortune of life from the sub conscious or the dream mind/world to the material world reality. The concept conicides with the martial art itself; Ame-no-ukihashi is a linege of priest that is known to train in serve cold or “subconsciousmind” and the woman hand representing notes/movements/chi/symbolsof the subconscious/yin/female.
Here is the treasure boat poem;
Awakening from a deep sleep after a long night, I seem to hear the sweet sound of a boat sailing through the waves
長き夜の/ 遠の眠りの/ 皆目覚め/ 波乗り船の/ 音のよきかな
If you notice it is only able to be read backwards in hiragana.
From here I started to investigate the similarities of Ame-no-ukihashi and musical notion: the similarities was uncanny how it coincides with the hiragana.
Lets start with what is said about music notation in a whole:
Musical notation is the written or symbolized representation of music. This is most often achieved by the use of commonly understood graphic symbols and written verbal instructions and their abbreviations. There are many systems of music notation from different cultures and different ages. Traditional Western notation evolved during the Middle Ages and remains an area of experimentation and innovation.
The spiral could be seen as the clef
The soul of fire is the foundation of the art of Ninzuwu which is the first stance in the ame-no-ukihashi martial art represented by a spiral symbol. One of the most essential fundamental meditation in the art of ninzuwu.
The clef itself can be in the (Izanami and Izanagi /in and yo) story the spear can be seen in the straight line and the dance in the curve spiral even the bottom of the clef ( symbol curled dot) can be seen as Onogoroshima/earth.
This is what is written about the Clef:
The symbol that appears at the beginning of every music staff is a clef symbol.
It is very important because it tells you which note (A, B, C, D, E, F, or G) is found on each line or space. For example, a treble clef symbol tells you that the second line from the bottom (the line that the symbol curls around) is “G”. On any staff, the notes are always arranged so that the next letter is always on the next higher line or space. The last note letter, G, is always followed by another A.
The fundamental of the clef could be seen in the first five stance and vowel perfromed and written in drawing the clef from the bottom up as it is normally done. Which is AIUEO in Ame-no-ukihashi it is done from coming from a sitted leg cross position to ending with a full standing arms cruved position similar to the clef spiral.
As one plays an instrument you are blatting with the ability to connect on note to the next to created the perfect harmony of the notes and sound. This is Similar to the martial which is not concern about the opponent but connecting one stance to the next in a harmonic flow.
Notice what is said about the Scale.
Scales teach how to move quickly and gracefully from one note to another (usually by step). Arpeggios teach how to play broken chords over larger intervals. Many of these components of music are found in compositions, for example, a scale is a very common element of classical and romantic era compositions.
The staff in music can be seen as the Floating Bridge of Heaven, and that is represented by the mnemonic A I U E O (Heaven at top and Earth, represented by Onogoro Shima, at the bottom) which is the repetitive vowels in the hirgana A I U E O which is also the first five stance and can be seen in the five point star of Ame-No-Ukihashi which could be seen as the stage or fountaion of the note which are written or played.
The staff has five line and four spaces which equal nine base keys which is very similar to the Hiragana’s nine constants each dancing around the five vowels. Which can be seen in the five point star of Ame-No-Ukihashi. (note:the graph below is to show the similarity and is not the intended use of the staff nor letters)
As you can see the five point star of Ame-No-Ukihashi fit perfectly with the structure of the hiragana in this format; that is similar to the circle of fifths. Which is a way to arrange keys in music to show how closely they are related to each other. Interestingly The circle of fifths gets its name from the fact that as you go from one section of the circle to the next, you are going up or down by an interval of a perfect fifth. If you notice there are also five points in the star.
The hiragana is broken down to 9 fundamental constants(there are more but they basically mirror these 9) and sections which is similar to the nine chakras of the body. Which we in Ninzuwu represent as the book of dreams/vasuh letters whichis the hiragana/language of Ut must be visualized and meditated upon while they pass through the chakras/vasuh letters. From this perspective the minds/chakras is the Staff (floating bridge of heaven) the Hiragana are the keys/notes and the body is the instrument that the key/notes/hiragana are played on and expressed through.
In standard Western music notation, tones are represented graphically by symbols (notes) placed on a staff or staves, the vertical axis corresponding to pitch the Spear (Amenonuhoko) and the horizontal axis corresponding to time the Pillar (Amenomihashira). Notes, head, shapes, stems, flags, ties and dots are used to indicate duration. Additional symbols indicate keys, dynamics, accents, rests, etc. Verbal instructions from the conductor are often used to indicate tempo, technique, and other aspects.
The vertical axis corresponding to pitch: The Spear (Amenonuhoko)
The story of Izanami and Izanagi represents balanced creation occurring. Male and Female principles operate jointly and in accord, but each with its particular part to play. In the first act of creation, the Male and Female pair serve as the conduit for Heaven to unite with the formless world below. The divine phallic spear is inserted into the amniotic void, and form arises. Although Izanagi is represented as wielding the spear, it has clearly been given to both brother and sister, and it is their joint task to create the world. Their combined efforts appear quite successful in this first episode of creation. In this phase, the pair is operating in a primarily male, or yang capacity.
When the pair of lovers first seize the spear, they are establishing the vertical dimension
Pitch are the notes or stance positioned on the staff
The horizontal axis corresponding to time the Pillar (Amenomihashira)
Once in the world of form, the mythical siblings are able to discover their complementary physical properties. But before they can combine in sexual union as we understand it, they must first encircle a sacred pillar. This pillar is reminiscent of the Spear of Heaven. This time, however, rather than actively wielding the Male Force, they encompass its perimeter by their ritual dance. Now the pair jointly acts in a yin, or feminine capacity.
When they circumscribe the pillar, they establish the horizontal dimension. In their ritual act,
Consonance and Dissonance yin and yang
(or concord) is the quality of an interval or chord that seems stable and complete in itself. Dissonance (or discord) is the opposite in that it feels incomplete and “wants to” resolve to a consonant interval. Dissonant intervals seem to clash. Consonant intervals seem to sound comfortable together. Commonly, perfect fourths, fifths, and octaves and all major and minor thirds and sixths are considered consonant. All others are dissonant to greater or lesser degree.
Context and many other aspects can affect apparent dissonance and consonance. For example, in a Debussy prelude, a major second may sound stable and consonant, while the same interval may sound dissonant in a Bach fugue. In the Common Practice era, the perfect fourth is considered dissonant when not supported by a lower third or fifth. Since the early 20th century, Arnold Schoenberg’s concept of “emancipated” dissonance, in which traditionally dissonant intervals can be treated as “higher,” more remote consonances, has become more widely accepted.
Consonance and Dissonance is very similar to accepts of Harmony and disharomy which is the fundamentals of the Ame-No-Ukihashi. Consonance (or concord) is the quality of an interval or chord that seems stable and complete in itself. This goes with the harmony process of Izanami and Izanagi;The heroes are unable to complete their task until first connecting with this axis which unites the upper and lower worlds.
Dissonance Dissonance (or discord) is the opposite in that it feels incomplete and “wants to” resolve to a consonant interval. Dissonant intervals seem to clash. In the creation story Izanami and Izanagi incorrectly did the ritual and later created a child Hiruko (lit. “leech child), and Awashima (淡島?, lit. “island of foam”). Neither Hiruko and Awashima were considered legitimate children of Izanagi and Izanami. Discord or discarded. In the creation story the performed a Dissonance which as it says normally want to be resolved to a consonant interval.
Now we End it with Harmony
harmony is the use of simultaneous pitches (tones, notes), or chords. The study of harmony involves chords and their construction and chord progressions and the principles of connection that govern them. Harmony is often said to refer to the “vertical” aspect of music, as distinguished from melodic line, or the “horizontal” aspect. Counterpoint, which refers to the interweaving of melodic lines, and polyphony, which refers to the relationship of separate independent voices, are thus sometimes distinguished from harmony.
In harmony we see How we connect the hiragana form one stance to the next to create a kata or word becomes the harmony of ame-ukihashi.
A chord, in music, is any harmonic set of three or more notes that is heard as if sounding simultaneously. These need not actually be played together: arpeggios and broken chords may, for many practical and theoretical purposes, constitute chords. Chords and sequences of chords are frequently used in modern Western, West African, and Oceanian , whereas they are absent from the music of many other parts of the world.
A chord in music is equal to a word and sequences of chords and sentence; in ame-no-ukihashi a chord or word could be seen as a kata and combination of katas. This shows how much similarity music language and ame-no-ukihashi martial art technique has in common.