渦状 – approaching the vortex
Appearance of the Vortex 渦状 – the spiral of training.
You may be able to see the transition of 上中下 jō-chū-ge, 天地人 ten-chi-jin, and imagine it as spiralling inwards – upper-middle-lower, heaven-earth-man, all are large to medium to small. I suppose you can use the analogy of Japanese electronics – advancement is in miniaturisation. As a way to understand self development and learning it is the anathema of the Western mindset, to start small and look to grow big.
I like to think of the points made by Senō, Someya, the orbiting of Nagatō, the dancing spin of Noguchi as a reflection of this spiral. You start on the outside and work gradually inwards approaching the (unobtainable) centre. A good 3D image of this would be the minaret at Samarra, Iraq. You start at the bottom and circle round anti-clockwise, ascending toward the summit. But you can always trip and fall, and if this happens you will be further out and further away from your goal. As a side note, I made it to the top of the minaret as a child, there was no safety rail and I was terrified when we got to the top with the buffeting winds. I think I was 4, clinging desperately to my Dad’s leg so I didn’t blow away, whilst my sister happily walked to the edge to look down…