The Pen

Dongjiadu, Shanghai, 2012. Retina IIIc, Schneider-Kreuznach Radionar, Retina-Xenon 2/50.

There’s no other word but a single Chinese character  (bi) meaning for ‘pen’. This is a traditional Chinese writing still been officially used in Hong Kong and Taiwan, while mainland China has simplified it to  (bi) instead. There’s no other description, but I believe the shop owner was telling people the pen is now available selling in the shop. A bit unusual, though. I was wondering why I was attracted by the writing and have finally figured out because it looks like  (wu), another Chinese character for ‘dancing’. You can copy  and paste it on google image search page, you’ll know what I mean.


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