Origami Peacock Earrings

By , February 26, 2009 1:39 pm

Origami Peacock Earrings at TinyShiny.com

 

 

Origami Peacock Earrings at TinyShiny.com

Origami Peacock Earrings at TinyShiny.com

Here is a new design for Origami Peacock Earrings I just put up on TinyShiny.com.

They are a little bit bigger than other my other Origami Earrings because of the large tail.

The front and back of the tail have different colors.

These Tiny Origami Peacocks are 25mm tall.

 

 

 

Origami Cube Earrings at TinyShiny.com

Origami Cube Earrings at TinyShiny.com

Origami Cube Earrings

I just created some new origami cube earrings.

I used to make multicolored Origami cubes (little boxes) as ornaments.

They are made of 6 different pieces of paper.

Because my cube earrings are so tiny, it takes little bit longer to make each one.
These Tiny Cubes are only 8mm square.

 

 

Shop for Origami Fish, Crane and Cube Earrings at TinyShiny.com

Read about The Thousand Origami Cranes (Senbazuru)

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Ojizo-sama – Jizo Bosatsu 地蔵 – Japanese Protector Monk

By , February 18, 2009 11:52 pm

Jizo 地蔵 (or as we Japanese call him Ojizo-sama) is the Bodhisattva (Bosatsu).

Jizo Statue in Kamakura, Japan

Jizo Statue in Kamakura, Japan

A Bodhisattva is one who devotes his or her life to freeing others from suffering. Usually the Bodhisattva wears gorgeous jewels, but Jizo is simple and portrayed as a child-monk.

The “Ji” (地) in Jizo means Earth. Jizo is the Japanese name of this Bodhisattva, who was also known in ancient India as Kshitigarbha Bodhisattva, the Earthstore Bodhisattva, guardian of the great earth.

The idea came to China from India and was incorporated into Taoism. The Earthstore Bodhisattva became the saviour for those condemned to Hell (地獄).

Jizo’s mission is to protect us during the time from Gautama Śākyamuni Buddha’s death to the arrival of Maitreya Bodhisattva.

Jizo Sculpture by Little-Akiko

Jizo Sculpture by Little-Akiko

The Earth gives us everything we need from food to treasure. Jizo is also believed to give us health, longevity, wisdom, wealth, a good harvest, easy birth etc…

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Japanese Lunch Box (お弁当 O-bento) Furoshiki Wrap

By , February 13, 2009 6:02 pm
Furoshiki Bento Wrap

Japanese Lunch Box (お弁当O-bento) Wrap

I always use Furoshiki to wrap my lunch box.

In Japan, Many pepole bring O-bento (lunch box) to school and work.
Most of them use Furoshiki (ko furoshiki*) to wrap Lunch boxes.


*Small Furoshiki. Usualy Ko Fusroshiki is made of cotton.


This Wrapping method can also be used to wrap gifts.

Follow diagrams and instructions below.





 
 
 

 

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Furoshiki – Traditional Japanese Wrapping Cloth

By , February 7, 2009 9:10 pm

Furoshiki cloth

Furoshiki wine red sakura cloth

Furoshiki  (風呂敷) is a square piece of traditional Japanese wrapping cloth that was used to transport clothes, gifts, or other goods. Ancient furoshiki was made of natural materials, but Modern furoshiki can be made of a variety of cloth, including silk, cotton, rayon, and nylon.

The “Furoshiki” name means “bath spread”.

The origins of furoshiki date back to the Nara period (710 – 794 AD). It was used to wrap clothes at the Shosoin (a structure at the Todai temple in Nara, Japan).

In the Heian period (794-1185 AD), furoshiki was known as hirazutsumi, or a “flat folded bundle”.

In the Muromachi period (1338-1573), Shogun Ashikaga built a great bathhouse. It was a kind of steam bath with straw mats, wood, or cloth on the floor. The invited feudal lords used silk cloth that had been printed with their family crests’ to hold their clothes. These were used in order to keep each lord’s clothes separate and as a mat, after they finished bathing.

In Edo period (1603-1868) as public bathhouses became popular, the Furoshiki was used for spreading on the floor while undressing and for wrapping bathing articles and clothes to carry.

Furoshiki wrapped wine bottle and package

Furoshiki wrapped wine bottle and package

During this period, furoshiki became wildly popular among all social classes.
When cities developed, merchants used the furoshiki more and more to transport goods. Their merit was that they could wrap and carry any type of shape of goods.

Today, the Furoshiki has been replaced by modern bags and has lost its popularity as an everyday item.

It seems to be making a comeback though, and is very often given as a gift.

The furoshiki is an essential tool in daily life, often used instead of a plastic bag, or for storing articles, or for other domestic uses. It is not only used for wrapping but also as a tablecloth, a wall decoration, a fashion accessory, a wine bottle holder or drapes, etc.

This wrapping cloth is both useful and beautiful.

Here are a few basic examples of Furoshiki techniques:

Mamusubi Furoshiki project at TinyShiny.com

Mamusubi Furoshiki project


Mamusubi

This is a basic method for tying Furoshiki cloths together.

Go to the Mamusubi illustrated project page

Learn how to Untie Mamusubi

Furoshiki Instant Bag

Furoshiki Instant Bag


Instant Bag

This is very easy to make and very practical for carrying any kind of object. It is also eco-friendly.
Follow the link below for diagrams and instructions.

Go to the Instant Bag Furoshiki Project page

Furoshiki Tissue Box Wrap

Furoshiki Tissue Box Wrap


Furoshiki Tissue Box

This is easy to make and makes your tissue boxes look more elegant.

Go to the Furoshiki Tissue Box Wrap Project page

 

 

Blue Sakura Furoshiki Cloth

Blue Sakura Furoshiki Cloth

Pink Sakura Furoshiki Cloth

Pink Sakura Furoshiki Cloth

Tanzaku Furoshiki Cloth

Tanzaku Furoshiki
Cloth

Chili pattern Furoshiki

Chili pattern Furoshiki Cloth


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Origami Candy Earrings

By , February 4, 2009 1:26 pm
Origami Candy Earrings at TinyShiny.com

Origami Candy Earrings at TinyShiny.com

Here is a new design for Origami Candy Earrings I just put up on TinyShiny.com.

I call them candy because they remind me of Japanese candy.
I wanted to make a new Origami design and I remembered this object.

When I was kid, I used to make these candy shaped objects a lot with my mother, just for fun. I hadn’t made them so long time but somehow I still remembered how to fold them.

I decided the size would 12mm long, they are similar in size to my other origami earring designs.
All my origami earrings are tiny. So they don’t bother you, when you’re wearing them.

 

Origami Earrings Background

I created my first origami earrings in 1995. I wanted to make something special for my friends. I thought something Japanese would be suitable.

Origami Crane Earrings at TinyShiny.com

Origami Crane Earrings at TinyShiny.com

I had Origami paper and beads. So I decided to try making jewelry with the materials I had. I experimented with many different forms.

Finally, I came up the Crane and Fish Earrings. I like small things so I tried to make them as small as possible. This is how I came to create my Origami Crane and Fish Earrings.

At first, I didn’t think I could sell them because they were made of paper. But my friends told me they loved my earrings and they wanted me to make more.

Some of my friends are still wearing them today. That why I am still making Tiny Origami Earrings.

You can check out my Free Origami Projects with illustrated diagrams of classic origami shapes.

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The History of Origami

By , January 31, 2009 3:12 pm

The first paper making technique came to Japan from China in 7th century.

The Japanese developed another processing method using different materials. They created “Washi” which is a high quality Japanese paper. This paper is resilient and soft, and does not tear when handled.

Around the 10th century, paper was used for wrapping items or letters. It became fashionable to decorate letters and gifts with artfully folded paper.

A well-regulated lifestyle came with the advent of the samurai society, which gave rise to the art of paper folding for practical and formal purposes. It was also used in religious ceremonies.

Today, a vestige of its former use can still be seen in the “noshi”, a decoration of folded red and white paper attached to a gift.

Origami Fish

Origami Fish Earrings at TinyShiny.com


Origami was made to assume concrete shapes like cranes or boats. This is regarded as origami for pure enjoyment and called “play origami”.

In the Edo period (1600-1868), mass-produced, low-priced paper first became available. It quickly grew in popularity among all the people, not just the elite class. People enjoyed “play origami ” as decorative elements or toys.

In 1797, the oldest Origami book in the world “Senbazuruorikata” was published by Tamehachi Yoshinoya, and introduced the way to fold 49 kinds of continued Origami without cutting a sheet of paper. In 1845, the book “Kayarasou” was published. This era produced many Origami creators.

During the Genroku era (1688-1704), it became fashionable to use origami cranes and several varieties of boats as designs on clothing. Boat and crane origami were also reproduced with great frequency in Ukiyoe prints. Origami rapidly came to have a wide following during this period.

During the Meiji period (1868-1912), origami was used as a teaching tool in the kindergarten and elementary school levels. Not only are there now many imaginative and novel origami creations, but its educational worth and immense potential have been reconsidered and recognized.

 

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Kimono, traditional dress of Japan

By , January 29, 2009 1:28 pm

The Kimono is the Japanese traditional garment.

Originally the word “kimono” referred to all types of clothing, but it has come to mean specifically the full-length traditional garments.

Today, kimonos are most often worn by women, and on special occasions. A few older women and even fewer men still wear kimonos on a daily basis. Kimono is worn most often at weddings, tea ceremonies, and other very special or very formal occasions.

Types of Kimono

TomesodeIlllustration by Little-Akiko - TinyShiny.com @ 2008-2009 all rights reserved

Tomesode is the first formal dress for married woman.

There are 5 family crest prints on black cloth and a design on the bottom of kimono.The Mother or a family member of the bride and groom at a wedding ceremony wears this kimono. Usually gold colored obi and other accessories are used for this kimono.

 

 

 

 

FurisodeIlllustration by Little-Akiko - TinyShiny.com @ 2008-2009 all rights reserved

Furisode is the first formal dress for unmarried woman.

This kimono has dazzling color, gorgeous design and long arms.Furisode is worn at a coming-of-age ceremony, a graduation ceremony, wedding party, formal party and an arranged marriage meeting, etc.

 

 

 

 

HoumongiIlllustration by Little-Akiko - TinyShiny.com @ 2008-2009 all rights reserved

Houmongi is the informal dress for woman.

These days, Houmongi is the most popular kimono in Japan.Houmongi is the 2nd formal dress after Tomesode for Mrs and Furisode for Miss. Houmongi is worn at a wedding party, tea ceremony and an entrance, or a graduation ceremony, etc.

 

 

 

 

TukesageIlllustration by Little-Akiko - TinyShiny.com @ 2008-2009 all rights reserved

Tukesage is the informal dress for woman.

This kimono’s designs are all facing up. This is a little more casual than Houmongi.Tukesage is worn at a party, tea ceremony and going out etc.

 

 

 

 

KomonIlllustration by Little-Akiko - TinyShiny.com @ 2008-2009 all rights reserved

Komon is the normal dress for woman.

There are small patterns everywhere in the kimono. Komon is worn at a house party, lesson, date and theatregoing etc. Komon is a very convenient kimono to do a little going out for the person that it wants to try out a kimono.

 

 

 

 

IromujiIlllustration by Little-Akiko - TinyShiny.com @ 2008-2009 all rights reserved

Iromuji is the kimono that has only one color but black.

This kimono is able to be worn any situation. If you print one family crest on this kimono, it becomes formal wear.

 

 

 

 

MofukuIlllustration by Little-Akiko - TinyShiny.com @ 2008-2009 all rights reserved

Mofuku is the formal wear to a funeral.

This kimono is all black and has 5 family crest prints.The accessories have to be all black except juban (an underwear) and tabi (socks).Mofuku is only worn to the funeral of a close relative or friend.

 

 

 

 

YukataIlllustration by Little-Akiko - TinyShiny.com @ 2008-2009 all rights reserved

Yukata is summer dress.

This kimono is worn without juban (underwear).Yukata is a cooling garment to wear. It is made with straight seams and wide sleeves. Unlike formal kimono, yukata are typically made of cotton rather than silk or synthetic fabric, and they are unlined.

 

 

 

 

JinbeiIlllustration by Little-Akiko - TinyShiny.com @ 2008-2009 all rights reserved

Jinbei is a kind of traditional Japanese clothing worn during the summer.

Jinbei sets consist of a top and matching shorts.

 

 

 

 

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