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Haiku is a very short form of Japanese poetry. The essence of haiku is “cutting” (kiru). This is often represented by the juxtaposition of two images or ideas and a kireji(“cutting word”) between them. A traditional haiku consists of 17 on (also known as morae), in three phrases of 5, 7 and 5 on, respectively. Any one of the three phrases may end with the kireji, which creates a brief pause, giving the reader the opportunity to read between the lines.

Every haiku must contain a kigo, a word associated with a particular season. In Japanese culture beauty lies in the things left unsaid, and it was the love of brevity that gave birth to this type of “miniature literature.” Haiku are traditionally printed in a single vertical line while haiku in English often appear in three lines to parallel the three phrases of Japanese haiku.

Previously called hokku, haiku was given its current name by the writer Masaoka Shiki at the end of the 19th century. It used to be the opening stanza of an orthodox collaborative linked poem called renga. Haiku was elevated to an art form in the 17th century by the poet Matsuo Basho, whose works have been translated into many languages and have received international acclaim.

By | December 16th, 2011|Blog|0 Comments

Christmas Opening Hours

Christmas is approaching. The holiday season offers us a special opportunity to extend our thanks to all our valued customers and our very best wishes for the future.

Thanks again for a wonderful year.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Christmas operating hours:

21 Dec 2012 (Limited availability)

22 Dec 2012 to 02 Jan 2013 (Closed)

By | December 15th, 2011|Blog|0 Comments

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is the latest Android version that is available for phones. Its source code was released on 14 November, and Google debuted it in Hong Kong. Google’s goal is unifying the smartphone and the tablet, and this update offers a massive redesign to the user interface and also adds a lot of new features.

An entirely new typeface optimised for high-resolution screens improves readability and brings a polished, modern feel to the user interface. Some of the highlights include an NFC-enabled feature called Android Beam, offline search in Gmail, new lock screen features and a fancy unlocking method called “Face Unlock,” which uses facial recognition to ensure strangers can’t use your phone without permission.

You can insert live application content directly from the home screens through interactive widgets, which let you check email, flip through a calendar, play music and check social streams. Widgets are resizable, so you can expand them to show more content or shrink them to save space. The Settings app has colourful charts which show the total data usage on each network type (mobile or Wi-Fi), as well as the amount of data used by each running application.

Another interesting new feature is the People app, which offers richer profile information, including a large profile picture, phone numbers, addresses and accounts, status updates, events and a new button for connecting on integrated social networks. Today, thanks to mobile technologies, keeping in touch is very easy, both for business and in private life.

By | December 14th, 2011|Blog|0 Comments
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