There are traditions in Japan and in East-Asia in general of treating natural works as though they were aesthetic objects of contemplation. In Japan, they call it Hanami, Momijigari, and Umemi to refer to sakura viewing, watching the turning of fall leaves, and the viewing of the plum blossoms.
I won’t bore you with the metaphysics and aesthetic theory behind the viewing of these blossoms or the fall colors, merely point you to the above images and let them speak for themselves.
Kaiten Sushi (the conveyor belt sushi)
There’s this chute for your plates when you’re done eating, and for every 5 you put in it lets you play this game and if you win, you can get a prize like this! Yeeee.
ahhhhhhhhh we had SO MANY plates but couldn’t figure out for the life of us how to play the game ): miraculosly we won but this is so cooooooool
LOL I REMEMBER THIS omg tiffany-san i miss japan so much
Mon, Kamon or Monokoro. Samurai Family Crests. 201 Designs from various samurai Clans and their families.
The designs are beautiful. And each clan emblem has multiple versions. The most famous Togugawa Hollyhock crest has about 60 variations.
Ive seen a few antique books from Japan with all the crests collected, they are all pretty much the same. You can see all of these perfectly reproduced in the book ‘Japanese Design Motifs’ from Dover Press. It translates what each of the design elements are but doesnt seem to include the family names. It was well worth buying.
A great review of this book at the Select-Av blog. http://www.riddip.com/wordpress/?p=1097
More information on the clans and history over at the Samurai Archives. http://www.samurai-archives.com/crest1.html
Theres Also a nice quick breakdown of the Crests of the Warlords at Kazenaga blog http://www.geocities.ws/kazenaga23/crests.htm
(Please excuse the last post. Firefox is not working with editing properly)
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