Posts Tagged ‘snake stamp’

nyoro nyoro / にょろにょろ

January 7, 2013


11 March 2008, United Kingdom
St. Patrick‘ in a sheet of Celebrating Northern Ireland
illustration: Clare Melinsky / design: Silk Pearce

Kune kune is mostly for a single object swaying or winding.  When more than one object are together going kune kune – that is nyoro nyoro!!

The third stamp of this year is from the UK, showing St. Patrick – with three snakes nyoro-nyoro-ing behind columns!  In the legend, St. Patrick was attacked by snakes when he was doing his ’40 Day Fast’ and he chased them into the sea and banished all snakes from Ireland…  Well, modern research tells us different reasons why no snakes are found on the island.

「くねくね」している生き物が集まって一緒に動いている様子が「にょろにょろ」ー という定義をしてみました。そんな感じがしませんか?


kune kune / くねくね

January 6, 2013


5 February 1971, Germany
‘Children’s Drawings’

In the Japanese language there are a lot of onomatopoeia terms to express movement, condition and feel of a material or its surface.  Kune kune is one of them – it means a road is winding or something sways, as in this stamp depicting a snake!