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A short clip I just found. A brief yet wonderful trailer of my latest obsession: Chang Ge Xing (长歌行), or as it is known in Japan: Choukakou (長歌行).

A beautiful manhua by Xia Da (夏達), I totally recommend this to anyone who’s interested in a read that is realistic yet still has the charm typically found in the genre. I know I said this in a previous post already, but if only this is made into a drama… *sigh*

japanloverme:

Hi everyone! Here’s a quick lesson about Japanese traditional footwear! ☆*・゜゚・The more you know ・゜゚・*☆ (๑>ᴗ<๑)

A. Geta 
- It’s a type of footwear which is elevated due to practical reasons. It is commonly used to protect one’s feet from getting wet from rainwater or snow. 
- Oval geta for women; rectangular geta for men. ;3

B. Merchant’s Geta
- Higher teeth (elevation), to protect one’s feet from getting dirty/wet from the marketplace / trading area. 

C. Okobo (Geta)
- Special geta meant to be used by geisha-in-training (also called maiko). Red straps represent newbie geisha~ ✿

D. Zōri
- Flat, slightly more formal than geta, usually associated with the kimono (geta —> yukata).

E. Tabi
- Japanese socks with toe separation between big toe and other 4 toes.

F. Jika-tabi (Tabi boots)
- (literally “tabi that contact the ground”) 20th century modified tabi. They are heavy-duty (with rubber soles) and are meant to be used outdoors.

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Did you know that according to Japanese superstition, breaking the thong/strap on one’s geta is considered very unlucky! 

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Sources: http://goo.gl/XA0ybh ; http://goo.gl/V7SOi ;http://goo.gl/Of7mPQ

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о(ж>▽<)y ☆ hope you learned something!  If there’s something about the Japanese cool-ture and traditions you would love to learn more about, please let us know! 

chenqirong asked:

I'm interested in knowing more of this peculiar Japanese concept of beauty, both classic and contemporary. Is there any other unique Japanese words describing arts & aesthetics that you can share? Thanks.

word-stuck:

9 Elements of Japanese Aesthetics

1. “Imperfection”: Wabi-sabi (侘寂) is the beauty of things that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete”.

Wabi is the quality of a rustic, yet refined, solitary beauty. Sabi means things whose beauty stems from age - the patina of age, and the concept that changes due to use may make an object more beautiful and valuable.

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As things come and go, they show signs of their coming or going and these signs are considered to be beautiful.

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Sakura 桜 (cherry blossoms) in spring or Koyo 紅葉 (autumn colors) in fall represents wabi-sabi - they are aesthetically pleasing because they don’t last.

2. “Elegance”: Miyabi (雅) is about elegance, refinement, or courtliness. Sometimes refers to a “heart-breaker”, Miyabi demanded the elimination of anything that was absurd or vulgar.

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Kinkaku-ji 金閣寺(Temple of the Golden Pavilion) in Kyoto, Japan.

3. “Subtle”: Shibui (渋い) or shibusa (渋さ) is a simple, subtle, and unobtrusive beauty. It means that things are more beautiful when they speak for themselves.

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A Bizen sake carafe. The beauty of it doesn’t need announcement; its quality speaks for itself. It involves the maturity, complexity, history, and patina that only time can bring.

4. “Originality”: Iki (粋) is about a refined uniqueness. It is an expression of simplicity, sophistication, spontaneity, and originality. Iki is also about originality, uniqueness and spontaneity that is more audacious and unselfconscious while still remaining measured and controlled. 

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Kimonos were simple and minimal, often striped and coloured to deep shades of blues and greys on the surface. However, the insides were lined with opulent silk, designed so that only the sophisticated could recognise their secret luxury.

On the other hand, a geisha 芸者 also embodies Iki  - they are beautiful, sophisticated but they don’t have the intention to stand out. They combine sassiness with innocence, sexiness with restraint.

5. “Slow, accelerate, end”: Jo-ha-kyū (序破急) infers a tempo that begins slowly, accelerates, and then ends swiftly. 

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The idea of jo-ha-kyū is used by Japanese traditional arts such as tea ceremony and martial arts.

6. “Mysterious”: Yūgen (幽玄) triggers feelings too deep and mysterious for words. It shows that real beauty exists when, through its suggestiveness, only a few words, or few brush strokes, can suggest what has not been said or shown, and hence awaken many inner thoughts and feelings.

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The Dragon of Smoke Escaping from Mt Fuji (Katsushika Hokusai 葛飾 北斎)

7. “Discipline and Ethics”: Geidō (芸道) refers to the various traditional Japanese arts disciplines: Noh (能) (theater), kadō (華道)(Japanese flower arrangement), shodō (書道) (Japanese calligraphy), Sadō (茶道) (Japanese tea ceremony), and yakimono (焼物) (Japanese pottery). All of these disciplines carry an ethical and aesthetic connotation and teach an appreciation of the process of creation.

Hence, ethics and discipline make things more attractive.

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Japanese martial arts aren’t about the result: defeating your enemy. They’re about the path that gets you there. They see no value in a short cut — even when the end result is the same.

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Japanese tea ceremony: A cup of tea is trivial compared with the process of making, serving and consuming the tea. The process is the art.

8. “The Void”: Ensō (円相) means “circle”. It is a form of the art of minimalism common in Japanese designs and aesthetics.  It symbolizes absolute enlightenment, strength, elegance, the Universe, and the void.

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In Zen Buddhist painting, ensō symbolizes a moment when the mind is free to simply let the body/spirit create.

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At first glance, an ensō may appear to be just a circle. But its symbolism represents the spiritual growth of the artist – the brushwork, which include dragging, pressing, and sweeping techniques, reveals the depth of enlightenment he/she has reached up to that point. “It is said to be a picture of the mind” explains award winning calligrapher Shoho Teramoto, “because the circle projects one’s mind directly.”

9. “Cute”: Kawaii (かわいい) is the quality of cuteness in the context of Japanese culture. It has become a prominent aspect of Japanese popular culture, entertainment, clothing, food, toys, personal appearance, behavior, and mannerisms.

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Nippon Airways’ Pokemon Jet.

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Kawaii in Japanese sushi.

archiemcphee:

Japanese photographer Kouichi Chiba takes beautiful photos that remind us you don’t need expensive or even particularly uncommon supplies to create art that delights and touches people.
Koichi places sweet and playful paper characters in a variety of environments, some natural, some urban, to create charming photos that feel like tender glimpses of a fragile little world existing inside our own that are completely endearing. Whatever they’re doing, naping, undertaking daring adventures, or just walking their dogs, his paper people are enjoying their lives.
Visit Kouichi Chiba’s 500px page to view more of his enchanting photos.
[via My Modern Metropolis]
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archiemcphee:

Japanese photographer Kouichi Chiba takes beautiful photos that remind us you don’t need expensive or even particularly uncommon supplies to create art that delights and touches people.
Koichi places sweet and playful paper characters in a variety of environments, some natural, some urban, to create charming photos that feel like tender glimpses of a fragile little world existing inside our own that are completely endearing. Whatever they’re doing, naping, undertaking daring adventures, or just walking their dogs, his paper people are enjoying their lives.
Visit Kouichi Chiba’s 500px page to view more of his enchanting photos.
[via My Modern Metropolis]
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archiemcphee:

Japanese photographer Kouichi Chiba takes beautiful photos that remind us you don’t need expensive or even particularly uncommon supplies to create art that delights and touches people.
Koichi places sweet and playful paper characters in a variety of environments, some natural, some urban, to create charming photos that feel like tender glimpses of a fragile little world existing inside our own that are completely endearing. Whatever they’re doing, naping, undertaking daring adventures, or just walking their dogs, his paper people are enjoying their lives.
Visit Kouichi Chiba’s 500px page to view more of his enchanting photos.
[via My Modern Metropolis]
Zoom Info
archiemcphee:

Japanese photographer Kouichi Chiba takes beautiful photos that remind us you don’t need expensive or even particularly uncommon supplies to create art that delights and touches people.
Koichi places sweet and playful paper characters in a variety of environments, some natural, some urban, to create charming photos that feel like tender glimpses of a fragile little world existing inside our own that are completely endearing. Whatever they’re doing, naping, undertaking daring adventures, or just walking their dogs, his paper people are enjoying their lives.
Visit Kouichi Chiba’s 500px page to view more of his enchanting photos.
[via My Modern Metropolis]
Zoom Info
archiemcphee:

Japanese photographer Kouichi Chiba takes beautiful photos that remind us you don’t need expensive or even particularly uncommon supplies to create art that delights and touches people.
Koichi places sweet and playful paper characters in a variety of environments, some natural, some urban, to create charming photos that feel like tender glimpses of a fragile little world existing inside our own that are completely endearing. Whatever they’re doing, naping, undertaking daring adventures, or just walking their dogs, his paper people are enjoying their lives.
Visit Kouichi Chiba’s 500px page to view more of his enchanting photos.
[via My Modern Metropolis]
Zoom Info
archiemcphee:

Japanese photographer Kouichi Chiba takes beautiful photos that remind us you don’t need expensive or even particularly uncommon supplies to create art that delights and touches people.
Koichi places sweet and playful paper characters in a variety of environments, some natural, some urban, to create charming photos that feel like tender glimpses of a fragile little world existing inside our own that are completely endearing. Whatever they’re doing, naping, undertaking daring adventures, or just walking their dogs, his paper people are enjoying their lives.
Visit Kouichi Chiba’s 500px page to view more of his enchanting photos.
[via My Modern Metropolis]
Zoom Info
archiemcphee:

Japanese photographer Kouichi Chiba takes beautiful photos that remind us you don’t need expensive or even particularly uncommon supplies to create art that delights and touches people.
Koichi places sweet and playful paper characters in a variety of environments, some natural, some urban, to create charming photos that feel like tender glimpses of a fragile little world existing inside our own that are completely endearing. Whatever they’re doing, naping, undertaking daring adventures, or just walking their dogs, his paper people are enjoying their lives.
Visit Kouichi Chiba’s 500px page to view more of his enchanting photos.
[via My Modern Metropolis]
Zoom Info
archiemcphee:

Japanese photographer Kouichi Chiba takes beautiful photos that remind us you don’t need expensive or even particularly uncommon supplies to create art that delights and touches people.
Koichi places sweet and playful paper characters in a variety of environments, some natural, some urban, to create charming photos that feel like tender glimpses of a fragile little world existing inside our own that are completely endearing. Whatever they’re doing, naping, undertaking daring adventures, or just walking their dogs, his paper people are enjoying their lives.
Visit Kouichi Chiba’s 500px page to view more of his enchanting photos.
[via My Modern Metropolis]
Zoom Info
archiemcphee:

Japanese photographer Kouichi Chiba takes beautiful photos that remind us you don’t need expensive or even particularly uncommon supplies to create art that delights and touches people.
Koichi places sweet and playful paper characters in a variety of environments, some natural, some urban, to create charming photos that feel like tender glimpses of a fragile little world existing inside our own that are completely endearing. Whatever they’re doing, naping, undertaking daring adventures, or just walking their dogs, his paper people are enjoying their lives.
Visit Kouichi Chiba’s 500px page to view more of his enchanting photos.
[via My Modern Metropolis]
Zoom Info

archiemcphee:

Japanese photographer Kouichi Chiba takes beautiful photos that remind us you don’t need expensive or even particularly uncommon supplies to create art that delights and touches people.

Koichi places sweet and playful paper characters in a variety of environments, some natural, some urban, to create charming photos that feel like tender glimpses of a fragile little world existing inside our own that are completely endearing. Whatever they’re doing, naping, undertaking daring adventures, or just walking their dogs, his paper people are enjoying their lives.

Visit Kouichi Chiba’s 500px page to view more of his enchanting photos.

[via My Modern Metropolis]

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