List 10 words that remind you of Mori or inspire your Mori life.
- brambles (noun, English) – Mori as a word alone is very much connected to the picture of brambles in every season – bare and barren, bearing fruit, in bloom – in my head
- wild (adj., German) – the German version (pronounced like the English willed – [vɪlt]) means the same as the anglophone but is also a noun, Wild, meaning Game (as in hunting).
- torn (adj. English) – like the hem of a dress, maybe for its similarity with thorn (noun, English), too. See also 1., Brambles.
- werifesteria (verb, Old English) – to wander longingly through the forest in search for mystery. The ultimate Mori word, if you ask me.
- Unterholz (noun, German). The word for undergrowth, translates directly to underwood.
- mushroom (noun, English) – especially oyster mushrooms.
- hedge (noun, English) – a threshold between realms and also part of my name.
- August (noun/name, German/English; also: adj., English). Even though autumn is my “main” Mori season there is something so golden and gossamer-y about this word and its connotations that it deserves a spot in this list.
- Altweibersommer (noun, German). Translatable as crone’s summer it means the last warm days in very late summer or early autumn, mostly in September when the gossamer used for kiting by baby spiders gets caught in the twigs and looks like strands of silvery hair.
- もったいない – mottainai (term, Japanese). The big W defines it as a ” sense of regret concerning waste” and connected to the Shinto belief that things have souls. This ties in beautifully with my own view of zero-waste and not wasting things or reuse things as much as possible.
The background of that graphic comes from Lost + Taken. Check them out, they have wonderful texture stock and are free (although you can donate if you want to). I’m not being sponsored by them, I just love their work. ;)
All fonts I used are 100% free as well and deserve a mention:
brambles | Elementary Gothic Scaled
wild | Toilet Tag Medium
torn | A Font with Serifs
werifesteria | Hurry Up
Unterholz | Tree Like
mushroom | Bohem Press
Altweibersommer | MB An Old Witch
This post is part of the 30 Question Mori Kei Challenge. For other posts from this challenge, please look here for all the questions!