✉ Letter Folds ✉

Hey everyone!

It’s the start of a new year, and wouldn’t it be so fun to send someone a hand-written letter? It can be an exciting greeting for the beginning of 2017. My post today is about letter folds. These are folded papers with messages written on the inside. Remember when you were little and tried to pass notes in class? It’s similar to that! >u<

As I have just mentioned note passing, let’s start with that. The first project I compiled is literally a junior high folded note with a pull tab. It may be a little childish, but they bring back fun memories. And if you’ve never sent one, hey, I don’t personally think it’s too late to start. As written notes are sort of a dying culture, it’d be very meaningful to just send one as an appreciation compliment.

 

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Pull Tab Note

 

The second project is just as easy, but I personally think this design is a bit classier. This bamboo folded note is super adorable and it would be super fun to send notes. One important aspect you may consider is how difficult the note is to refold. If this is going to be passed back and forth, maybe the design should be easier, so that your recipient can return it in the manner it was sent.

 

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Bamboo Note

 

Finally, this final leaf design is pretty fancy. It’s a little harder than the previous two, but it looks gorgeous. I wouldn’t really suggest sending to spark a conversation. This project is more for a serious written letter and such. The instructions for this project are not in English, but no fears, because the pictures are pretty self-explanatory.

 

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Leaf Letter

 

I hope you all try to make one and pay forward a compliment! It never hurts to hear some positive words. Who knows, you might even brighten someone’s day. Thanks for reading and have fun~ ^-^

Have a great day,

Yada

❄ Snowflakes ❄

Hey everyone!

It’s January and the start of a new semester, is anyone excited? >____< Getting back into a productive work ethic is difficult especially with this dreary weather so far. When I typically think of a January in winter, I think of snow; therefore, I compiled a list of snowflake origami for this post! Here’s a picture of snow in Japan to start us off:

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Japan Winter

The first project is something I’ve been making since I was a kid. They’re so easy to learn, but this is more of a kirigami project. There are plenty of designs to be made if you look around. Usually, I just cut out random shapes and patterns, though. It always turns out look pretty and unique. It’s almost impossible to mess up on this project. Instructions are given if you follow the link from the photo caption.

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Kirigami Snowflakes

The second project is just as easy. This one is just a little more arts and crafts. It’s a really simple modular/kirigami piece that just takes some measuring and cutting. Putting the six pieces together forms a really fantastic, grand structure that would be great as a hanging decoration. The instructions from the following site are very easy to follow to create this beautiful snowflake.

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3D Snowflake

Finally, this last project is a big jump in level. It’s not easy like the two projects from before, but it’s not too hard either! The first step would be to make a hexagon. You can make one out of a square piece of origami paper from these instructions. Afterwards, you fold it into a snowflake from the design of Dennis Walker. As you can see, using translucent paper gives a really ethereal effect. In the link, there is a simple video to follow how to fold this amazing piece.

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Complex Snowflake

Hope you all enjoyed this snowflake compilation and that you make one of them for decoration. They’re super pretty when compile together and maybe they’ll brighten the mood for winter. Thanks for reading and good luck to everyone~^-^

Have a great day,

Yada

Bento

Hey Everyone!

Most of us have all seen a bento. Maybe some of us have even made our own! A bento is a Japanese lunch box. There are many different types of bento boxes.

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Bento

The original bento was first created by samurais. Samurais created the foods that evolve into the modern day bento. During this time, a bento was simple and could carry rice balls or simply just rice.

During the Meiji era, Japan was modernizing by opening their markets to the global world. The bento also became modernized. Workers made their own lunch boxes and brought them to work, mothers prepared a bento box for their children, and office workers did the same. Aluminum and lacquer boxes became popular. Many bento in Japan now are mass produced and could be bought in many places: bento shops, train stations, restaurants, and convenience stores. They are very common.

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Mass bento

There are many different types of bento. One very popular one is called the kyaraben, also known as the character bento. It is a bento that is designed with cute characters or cartoon characters. It was originally meant to entertain children. However, now there are national contests held .

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Kyaraben

Another type of bento is called the Ekiben. Ekibens are sold on shinkansen (Japanese bullet trains) and other express trains. Each station is known to have their own signature bento. There are some people who ride trains to collect the various bento.

The bento has become an important part of the Japanese culture and pastimes. People enjoy a bento under a sakura tree or during the hanami.

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Hanami Bento

There are different bento that can be created. There are simple ones with rice and a umeboshi (pickled ume plum) to more extravagant ones.

If you’re interested in making a bento, check out this website right here.

Enjoy the rest of January everyone!

Hanna

Coming of Age Day

Hey Everyone!

The second Monday of January is known as the Coming of Age Day (成人の日), also known as seijin no hi. It is a national holiday that celebrates becoming an adult. People who turned 20 years old the previous year are invited to a ceremony in their local city hall and often visit a shrine as well.

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Shrine

Women dress in a furisode.  A furisode is a long sleeve kimono that is often quite expensive and is given to the women by their parents. Furisodes are only worn by single adult women. It is meant to symbolize their availability for marriage.

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Furisode

Men wear a male kimono and a hakama. A hakama can have legs like pants but can also be open like a skirt. However many men wear western suits now.

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Poster

After the ceremony and visit to the shrine, families will have a small party. Many photos are taken during this day and the focus is on the 20 year old. After the small party, many of the participants will change into informal clothes and go with their friends to the izakaya, Japanese pub. They go to celebrate reaching the legal drinking age.

There has been a decline in participation of the Coming of Age Ceremonies. Many refuse to buy/rent a furisode or a kimino, which are expensive. Many youths are not in a rush to become adults. There have been times where youths disrupt the ceremonies in protest. Therefore, there is often a police presence during the ceremonies.

It’s interesting to see how everyone rallies together to celebrate the young men and women who turn 20 as a community together.

Hanna