Archive for January, 2013

What are some ideas for an asian/buddhist/martial arts-themed room?

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

Go nuts. Give me all you got.

Use a colour pallette inspired by traditional Asian art and decoration. This can include black, off white, rich red or burgundy, gold, and gold metalic leaf. Choose furniture items in sleek black laquer finishes, with raw silk or satin like fabrics, and Asian embroidered motifs. Pick a black inlaid cabinet, armoire, buffett, or occasional table(s), or a decorative inlaid bi or tri- fold hinged screen as accent/ art pieces. Use simple "Soji" screens as room dividers. These are light weight wood framed rice paper panels, again bi or tri- fold, or sliding panels in tracks top and bottom. Find large embroidered silk fabric pieces depicting Asian themes and frame as artwork in simple black frames. Or you can create your own by choosing simple Chinese symbols and paint them in black on an unframed stretched off white canvas
If you live in a larger city with a China town area, definately shop in authentic Asian stores where you can find all of the above items at surprisingly good prices. Asian "supermarkets" are usually stocked with lots of decorative items for inspiration. You can find oversized vases or urns to hold live bamboo stalks, as well as art, fabrics, and all sorts of ornamentation. Look for tea sets, Buddas, elephants, decorative plates to hang, etc.
For flooring you could go with sisal or jute mats or a decorative Asian/ Oriental area rug. If you have hardwood, refinish it in black laquer.
Keep your wall finishes simple, choosing paint, or a grasscloth wallcovering. There are a lot of vinyl grasscloth look wallcoverings available as well as the real thing.
For windowcoverings, choose bamboo roll ups, or woven wood roman shades, all available at stores such as Home Depot. If you want fabric drapes, choose simple, unruffled panels in deep colours and raw silk or silk look fabrics.
This type of decor should be built up gradually, a work in progress, with each piece specially selected. Also, in keeping it real, you should do your research into the practise of Feng Shui, and incorporate some of it’s concepts into your design.
Good luck, and have fun with it.

Are Japanese books really read from back to front? Is text read backwards (bottom right to upper left)?

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

I am studying Japanese and recently picked up a childrens book to help my reading skills. I have not been given any guidance to where to begin reading.

It’s not back to front…because to them American books are read from back to front! Lets just say…Japanese books and also Chinese books are read with the pages turning to the right (opposite of Americans).
Like traditional Chinese books (since the Japanese language and calligraphy came from Chinese language), Japanese books are read from the right top going down and up and down and up until you reach the left bottom.
Some modern books are products you buy will have readings just like American books meaning reading from the left top to the right bottom (across). ^^ Hope that helped.

How much worse does a back tattoo hurt than others?

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

I know that it hurts more in certain places of your body, but from a 1-10, how painful is it compared to others? If I can’t get one of my back, I was thinking about my forearm. *YES! I do know that it’s permanent and that it’ll get old and weird looking with age, but I don’t CARE. If you don’t know the answer to this question, and all you want to do is nag me on how I shouldn’t get one because I’ll regret it and blah blah, then…don’t answer. Thank you! (-;

I have a tattoo on my lower back, (i got it as a divorce gift LONG before the term "tramp stamp" was ever coined, so don’t hate *grin*) Any how, it took 2 hours to "work up" and nearly five hours to tat.
And i have my Chinese zodiac, (the Horse) in between my shoulders. That one took about 20 minutes to work up, and about an hour to tat.

Regardless of the amount of time it took to actually work on my skin, WITH OUT A DOUBT, the tat on my lower back, hurt nearly as bad as childbirth. (i should know. I gave birth three times,)
..The one In between the shoulders, not so much.

But regardless of the pain, i am SO NOT done.
It is therapeutic. Or dare i say, spiritual.
Now i know you don’t want to hear the blah blah part. I was 30+ when i got my first. I took the time to make sure, that the image(s) were something i could live with FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE. So far i am good with that. Just promise me,,, scratch that, promise yourself, not to put a girl/boy friends name. Or the logo of a current favorite TV/Movie/Recording artist. Because i promise you, 40 years from now, you will be looking for a good surgeon that can remove it.. *hug*

But to hopefully answer your question. The most painful tat places. Lower back, ankles and on the top of your toe’s. Or anywhere else, where there is thin skin, and nearly no space between skin and bone..