Climbing the Dragon Gate III by ~puimun In Chinese and Japanese legend the lowly carp spends its life trying to swim up the Yellow River. At the source of the river is a great roaring waterfall. If the koi were able to swim up that waterfall, it would be rewarded and transformed into a dragon. Thus, the koi is a symbol of personal advancement, perseverance, determination in the face of impossible obstacles, and inner strength.
Award Winner Tiny Teahouse by Pietro Belluschi Has Famous Roots and Tons of Style! - In the 1940’s, a couple in Portland hired a famous architect, Pietro Belluschi, to build their home and to remodel the existing garden shed into a guest house with Japanese and Scandinavian minimalistic inspirations. The architect loved the end result so much that he bought the home several years later. We can’t blame him after seeing how perfect it is!
This is an example of a traditional genkan--the entryway to a Japanese home. Shoes do not go past this point. My in-laws just have simple tile in their genkan. (I got complimented by friends on my korean-like policy of having a shoes-off policy. Wish I had an extra level like this.
JAPAN ~ Princess Akishino Fumihito Shinnōhi Kiko née Kiko Kawashima was born in 1966 & is the wife of Prince Akishino, the second son of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan. She became the second commoner to marry into the imperial family; her mother-in-law, the Empress, was the first in 1959. She is also known as Princess Kiko.
Oiran (花魁) - Oiran were the highest class of courtesans in Edo (now known as Tokyo). An oiran was valued not only for her beauty and charm, but also her wit, knowledge, and skill in traditional Japanese arts. Their dress often consisted of layers of ornate kimono and extremely elaborate hairstyles, with one distinguishing feature being an obi tied at the front of the body rather than at the back. Though there are no longer any oiran left in Japan because of laws. #makeup #hair #japan…
A popular Japanese wedding tradition is the sake-sharing ceremony, san-san-kudo, which dates back to the eighth century. During the ceremony, the bride and groom each take three sips of sake from three stacked cups. Their parents then also sip from the cups. The sake ceremony creates a symbolic bond between the couple and their families.
Since ancient times Japanese have been marking certain trees as sacred by a rope of straw. Why? Because these trees stand pars pro toto for all trees. All trees are sacred. See G. Nitschke’s From Shinto to Ando, Academy Editions, 1995.
“Our wedding invitation was the starting point in reflecting our cultures,” says Jodie. The couple’s invites combined Japanese and Chinese elements with a colorful Japanese washi paper wrap, and featured celadon green paper and red flowers on the outside and the Chinese “double happiness” character in green on the inside. “My father-in-law asked th ...