2 September 2008
Why I Chose The Title For The Blog
Well you may have noticed that the title of the blog is a play on the title of the Chinese novel "Journey to the West". If you don't know what this novel is about here is a brief summary:
The novel is a fictionalized account of the legends around the Buddhist monk Xuánzàng's pilgrimageIndia during the Táng dynasty in order to obtain Buddhist religious texts called sutras. The Bodhisattva Guānyīn, on instruction from the Buddha, gives this task to the monk and his three protectors in the form of disciples — namely Sūn Wùkōng, Zhū Bājiè and Shā Wùjìng — together with a dragon prince who acts as Xuánzàng's horse mount. These four characters have agreed to help Xuánzàng as an atonement for past sins.
So I thought it would be a good title for the blog since I'm going to China and will get a chance to learn more about Chinese customs and culture. Unfortunately some one had already chosen this title for their blog and this the reason there is a "da" in the title instead of "the".
One more thing, if you didnt know the story of Dragonball created by Akira Toriyama was inspired by the story of Journey to the West.