Ancient Hakubi!

Nov 2020

A few months ago, a call for ideas or photos for the cover of the upcoming Hakubi annual newsletter (vol. 18) was announced, which also coincides with the 10th anniversary of the Hakubi Center.

So, I started thinking about a design that may reflect the purpose and the story behind the name of the center, and prepared the following draft (modified briefly) and proposed. It is just a draft with some mistakes and needs corrections, but eventually, it was not adopted by the editor, so I am sharing it in my blog.

Here are some explanations for the design:


1- It describes a scholar (tried to draw it gender-free) with white eyebrows!


"The term Hakubi (白眉), literally means ‘white eyebrows’ in Japanese (白:white, 眉: eyebrows). The word originates from a Three Kingdoms era (220-280 AD) Chinese legend: “Three kingdoms saga (三国志).” According to the legend, one of the kingdoms, called Shu (蜀), was home to five brothers with extraordinary talents. The fourth brother; 馬良季常 (Baryō Kijō), who was particularly outstanding, had white hairs in his eyebrows, and so the term Hakubi has come to refer to particularly talented individuals."  [Ref]

2- The open arm gesture indicates a confident, constructive attitude with a positive impression.


3- The scholar holds a paper in the right hand (symbol of achieved knowledge) and tries to touch (symbol of future ambitions) the earth and all the knowledge comes with it with the other hand.

4- The scholar is based on a lotus, which is a symbol of enlightening and represents the humanities.

5- I just tried to keep the outfit simple and gender-free.

6- The flower used in the sleeves is again lotus but in a shape that has been important in many ancient cultures.

7- All the colors, filters, and all icons could be changed.

8- Tried to choose the icons that cover all the Hakubi current members' disciplines (hopefully).


Kyoto Hakubi