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Kyoto: The Bunka, the Beauty, and the Booze [Nov. 19th, 2003|02:21 am]
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Sunday, November 16, was "Japan Night," which means having to be in Osaka at 10:00am. The English Studio crew went to Kyoto for fabric-dyeing and sweet-making.

You see a lot of this in November.

My handmade sweets. Uh... one of these bonbons is not like the others

We dyed fabrics, kimono-style, using stencils and stiff brushes.

My T-shirt, of which I'm a little too proud.

The Yuzen-en, with sliding doors made from centuries-old kimono.

Then we ate at 844 ("Hashishi"), where I broke bread with Michael and Jonas exactly 2 years earlier. It's an organic vegetarian diner, with sake brewed by women and random live shows. Ate pumpkin-cream gratin, camembert pizza, tofu burgers, and much more.

It was 8:00 at night, and the remaining 5 or so Japan Nighters went to Kiyomizu temple to see the night view and crowds. Don and I defected, and located the good King Kyouken, Japan's mayor. We three promptly ran into Robert and Masami (As Seen On My Blog), and then we divined a laid-back reggae bar full of French architects and Polish hot air balloon referees. (Great folks.)

Four hours later found us at karaoke, basking in the world's best songs I didn't know as rendered by Kyouken. I mean, James. Kyouken has one of those magnetic personalities, in spite of his apparent distaste for most people and things. He's also got more aliases and email addresses than anyone I know.

Who are the most magnetic beings you know? Aside from Kyouken, Lobster comes to mind. The beautiful and bashful alike jostle for face room, hoping Lobster's spontaneity and wit will rub off on them. Whatever he says is echoed by the hip. Whatever he does spawns copycat acts. You just can't stay away; if you think you might be near his town, you can't help looking him up.

(And no, I don't always call my internet friends by their nicks, but sometimes it's just clearer that way.)

Poll #206759 Irresistable You

Who is the largest personality you know? (Input an LJ tag or web link if convenient.)

(Don wanted me to try a paid LJ account - he had reasons - so I might as well use it while I got it for stuff like the above poll.)

[User Picture]From: subapooh
2003-11-18 10:04 am (UTC)
that t-shirt is magnificent...so vivid in colours.
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2003-11-19 05:48 am (UTC)
Thanks, man! I was proud of my gradients.. until I saw Don's. I'll pressure him to post a picture.
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[User Picture]From: gunness
2003-11-18 12:03 pm (UTC)
the sweets are cuute
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2003-11-19 05:49 am (UTC)
Thanks! The design was as original as my T-shirt design was!

(At first I was disappointed that I couldn't do my own design.. typical Western approach, huh? I couldn't have done as well on my own.)
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[User Picture]From: madphotographer
2003-11-18 12:12 pm (UTC)
i can't get my yukata/kimono on right. i should be shot. あの こども は きれい な の です ね!。。。 「is that correct?」


that looked like fun. and i love the artwork you did for your shirt! i'd buy one! lol!
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2003-11-19 05:52 am (UTC)
Hey! Your Japanese is correct, but I would probably say かわいい instead of きれい. (Bear in mind I'm no expert!)

I can't put on a yukata, either. I can hardly put on the ones you wear around onsen. As for kimono, the few who CAN put one on by oneself, are generally unwilling to. So don't sweat it.. just find a Japanese to help you!
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[User Picture]From: frootijen
2003-11-18 01:41 pm (UTC)
Awesome T-shirt. I want a Kimono like the little girls for my daughter Ashley. Do you know where I can get one and how much they are. You did a great job on those sweets. I love them with Green Tea. Excellent set of pics.

*misses Japan a lot*
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2003-11-19 05:55 am (UTC)
Thanks for your compliments! I could get a kimono for Ashley anywhere. So let me know how much you're willing to spend ($200-$300 should be about right) and what color, and I'll shop around for you.

Feel free to give me some color samples (or any image with the colors you like) and design preferences (like flowers, water, whatever). The easiest to find for that age would be red, I think, but I bet any other bright color is possible.
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From: izan_satori
2003-11-18 04:09 pm (UTC)
wow, those are amazing pictures!! i love your sweets and the t-shirt!! :)
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2003-11-19 05:57 am (UTC)
Yeah, I thought that would be right up your alley. =)
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From: izan_satori
2003-11-19 11:01 am (UTC)
yeah!! i can't wait for christmas, i'm planning to make all sorts of candies (and cookies)!! :)
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[User Picture]From: crims0n
2003-11-19 10:12 pm (UTC)
Can I have the one down left? I love randomness :)

And Awesome shirt, where's a pic of you wearing it? :)

And let us know on the job soon when you hear, and probably from like nov 25th to the 30th I will be MIA and in DFW.. haven't been since july and I'm only 5 hours away! But I fly this time, hope my head don't explode :)
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