ArtPeace 043: Nakagusuku Udun’s Gate

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Number 43 already!! =D

I really love how this one turned out! Especially the two large stones and final door colours. For the large stones, after I painted on the outlines, I wet the insides with a brush then dabbed on colours somehow. I said “somehow” coz you really have to try it around, the best I can put it in words is, try to leave some blanks and see how the colours diffuse.

Next was the doors.

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I have been working on small surfaces so everything was good until I coloured the larger doors. They look patchy! Anyone can teach me a better method?

In the end after the paint dried, I added in little strokes to mimic wood grains and everything was good.

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The stone wall was challenging too, it seems like a mix of two types of stone stacking, Nunozumo + Aikatazumi.

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I have set up another page for the Ryukyu RE-Imagined series and while I love how organised everything is, it can be difficult to keep up with two sides. Post about Nakagusuku Udun’s gate here.

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And something really amazing happened. =D

I have been drawing doors opened in my reimagined series as a hope that buildings get restored and receive people again. And then I realised, I have the gates closed this time. But given that the doors has some rare beautiful metal decorations, that should be OK right?

And right after I finished my work, I found this.

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Doors opened.

When you truly give your heart, the love will be returned, thank you for always inspiring me!! ❤

And on a really cool news, I wrote to a blogger I love to ask if she knows of anyone or any organisation that would love to take in my stuff for educational or whatnot purposes. While I do have confidence in my work and people around are supportive, it is still challenging to go ask for stuff like that.

I hope I didn’t trouble her and yup! Good day everyone! ❤

Tokyo

Hello everyone!

First up, for the most curious reasons I am very captivated by Ed Sheeran’s Perfect.

I checked it out after watching a cover by The Piano Guys and during the first few times I teared. And thank god for Youtube comments, coz apparently a lot others felt the same when they heard the song too.

Then!!! This series of photos struck a heart string so twang twang twang, it got me thinking about it for a few nights.

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Photo by 西槇太一 in this interview.

I almost never like any BxW photos but this time… WHY IS IT THAT, THERE IS A SPECIAL FEELING TO THIS?!

Really, it ain’t just coz it is Orange Range in this picture, it is just… And then! It was Tokyo.

WoO WoO wOO, I really want to start walking down Tokyo and taking street snaps. ❤

And just look at Naoto. ❤

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Not sure why but despite all his kinda-not-so-decent reputation, I still find Naoto so innocent. Help. This is the face that brings sparkles in my heart. ❤

I am in love with my idea of Naoto.

And! Newest #XingibleArtProject !!!

Working on the theme around Nakagusuku Udun.

By this time, I already finished the gates and I am adopting a sketchbook style for this. =D

The Orange Range IG Fandom

This is suppose to be a recap of my Biz Japanese class but…

Let’s talk about Orange Range. ❤

Soooooo~~~ Everything started back in last October.

There was an Okinawa Festival in Singapore and through the performing musicians, I dug deeper into a band that I knew from before but never really probed about. And that was Orange Range.

So all the online stalking begun and one source was on IG.

It is still coming at me that just in a matter of months, I had contacted folks who holds accounts that post OR only stuff and have daily people graciously share their pieces of lives with me all coz we got a common love for Orange Range.

So… It was just all really pleasant. At times I actually find something missing if I don’t see posts from them folks around.

And this leads me to, as much as we can try to keep a fair enough social circle, it ain’t all the time that we are getting and giving to our optimum. Whenever I look into strangers’ (not directly or 2nd degree directly related to me) lives, I always think of how their lives can teach me something.

I really like Yamato actually. Just look at his stuff.

So cute! 😚💟

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While I have always have dokis dokis for my Naoto, it was only last night that I… find him… sort of pretty. I can’t find a better word and my heart is exploding. I just find this guy oozing with innocence.

How is that?!

My loveeee just grew deeper. :3

I Successfully Created a COLD Room in My Room

Another piece of travel memory that I really want to keep and share. ❤

Back in late March, I got a double room in Okinawa City.

The weather was getting a bit warmer and with the air conditioner (on warm air) and just a single sheet of blanket at night, everything was fine. In the wee hours of the night/morning, temperature can still drop to as low as 7 degrees Celsius (44.6 F), but it is generally an upper 10 (50 F) degrees in the day, sometimes even going into the early 20s (68) degrees.

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The above is the layout of my room and boy, it is REALLY spacious (not a high-end hotel still!!!). Those beds are the 3/4 beds which are a cross between a single and queen sized bed.

The single most queer thing was really that they have wardrobes so HUGE I am sure I can go to Narnia if I walk in deeper. They are build on the wall and the top compartments reached all the way to the ceiling.

However, the single most unwelcoming thing I feel about it was… the inside are all unfinished wood. Everything looked a bit worn and I just feel that I might get a thin piece of wood stab into my finger/feet and have it lodge there. >__O

To make it even more mysterious, the room light doesn’t reach the deep interior when the natural day light cease; it just looked scary.

And too cheap to pay for drying, I would hang my damp laundry at the next best place, the shower curtain rod. I marked it as a row of X on the drawing.

Wanting to speed up the drying and to prevent things from stinking, I had the bathroom’s window wide opened too. Then the door closed. Next, all the cold night air entered and stayed there.

So… each time I visit the bathroom/toilet, I essentially stepped into a very cold room. At one point I had to place the extra smaller towel on the floor if not I be stepping on tiles made of ice.

Dealing with anything below 30 (86 F) degrees Celsius is still a very curious thing to me. I live in Singapore, a tropical island near the Equator.

6th Hair Cut

Getting my hair cut. :3 And that is Matcha Mint Tea omg. #xingiblehaircut #xingiblehair

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This is my 6th hair cut?? I sort of lost count.

Been going to Komorebi for about a year and I always love the haircuts! ❤ Molly is such a nice person to be around but I was too shy to talk too much. Yesterday we talked about Oguri Shun (GINTAMA baby!!!) and I said I first got to know about Oguri from Crows Zero.

Frankly, it almost beat me now to why I adored both Crows Zero and Crows Zero 2  *SO MUCH* at one point, I am actually embarrassed to talk about it now. And it really wasn’t bcoz there is a cute Oguri in it, I actually *liked* the honor and whatnot behind.

HELP THE OLD ME!!!

Anyway! I think I look really pretty now and look forward to my updates!! AHAHAHAHAHAAAaaa!!

By the way, me also got back to Business Japanese class and I look forward to the end of it! ❤ It is a 16 week course this round!

ArtPeace 42: Tennoji in Okinawa Reimagined!!

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As with the usual, I REALLY LOVE THIS!! ❤

This is Tennoji (天王寺), one of the 3 major Royal Ryukyuan Temples, together with Engakuji and Tenkaiji.

It used to be the residential of King Sho En before he became king, he was someone important in the Shuri Court, one of the direct officers of the last 1st Sho Dynasty King.

There were 2 sayings to how King Sho En became king. One is, he plotted with other influential high ranking officers to overthrow the King. The other, Sho En was such a capable man, when there was no heir in place, court officers want him to take the throne.

I am not sure if Tennoji has any buildings from the residential, or that everything was pulled down and temple style buildings were built.

And another interesting nugget is, his son, King Sho Shin, was also born here.

According to this darling site (date of this map is disputed but generally in the first half of the 17th Century), this was how Tennoji used to look like. I couldn’t find source stating which house is what though. And the tiny house at the back? A well or storeroom? And if a store, why a separate building?? So many questions.

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Another thing is, the famous Okinawan Red Roof is only introduced in the early 18th Century. And commoners were banned from using it till 1889. The red occurs due to the Iron component in the soil.

SCIENCE BABY!! ❤

(The font gate I drew is modeled after Shikinaen’s)

And opposite Tennoji is a man-made lotus pond named Ringumi (蓮小堀) in Okinawan.

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It is pretty awesome considering the time it was made, around the 15th Century, it even featured a mini island. It survived the war but was filled with debris from the nearby Engakuji.

(I removed the wall between the pond and path infront of Tennoji.)

It was said that wells in Shuri then overflowed. Amazing how everything was calculated precisely.

At one point, many of the properties of Tennoji was moved to Engakuji and only the Abbot’s housing remained. The premise was convert to a couple of schools and a Methodist Church also built on it. The remaining Tennoji was later destroyed in 1945 during the war.

In present day, bits of the former stone gates can be found right outside the Church and Naha City, Shuri Library is where Ringumi used to be.

I couldn’t find any pictures on Ringumi but read that lotus once covered the pond. And from this tiny picture, the “lotus” here is white, which means, it could also be water lilies. In Japanese, both lotus and water lilies has the Kanji 蓮。

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By the way, I just realised that I gotten meself some hot-press paper. Still couldn’t decide if I like hot or cold press more.

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I was just asking Mum if she find Banyan trees kind of creepy and she totally said nope, they just look pleasant, like ropes from a plant. I later researched on Banyan and it appear that they are pretty spiritual stuff. I must be a demon.

It is just me??

I remember a few friends telling me that they find Banyan scary too.

And thing is! I conquered my fear just like that.

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The water area at Marina Bay Sands Shoppe has water lilies and among the sea of purple flowers, there are a couple of yellow, pink and white. I used blue here. And I tried the wet on wet technic. I think this will work better on cold press paper.

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I really love how this turned out too!

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I too totally adore how the tiles turned out! ❤

The last two work-in-progress had been process coz!!! I made a Page on it here @ Ryukyu RE-Imagined. And a bunch of sites.

Facebook: Ryukyu RE-Imagined
Instagram: ryukyu_reimagined
Twitter: Ryukyu_Reimagined
Tumblr: ryukyureimagined

Updating them is sure tough although I managed to cross post them here and there. I think I will do a compilation as and when and keeping this space as the main.

HELLO AGAIN BUSINESS JAPANESE!!

So! The time had came!

Me will be back to my Business Japanese class next week! ❤

This round it will be a 4-month course and back with Mi Sensei at Bunka again. :3

Like it happened with every other lessons since 2009, lessons with Bunka is always something that I look forward to. And during my Uni days, it was the highlight of the week.

I am always happy about the whole thing. There is just something with this, it is a means-goal to an end-goal.

I now think that the very act of Japanese learning is my Omamori, that is why it is always with me. Deep stuff.

Next thing being, as I went on with lessons, been to about 4 months of formal Business Japanese class and countless Xingible experiences, I say, if you are serious on mastering the language, go for Business Japanese as soon as you can. Upper Intermediate is a good time, around the time you get to N3 level.

This will be difficult if you plan on entering language schools coz the usual base mark would be to have an N2 certification. I managed to get into my current class coz I had been a student there till Pre-Advance 2, equivalent of N2, and I also went through a phone oral test with Mi Sensei.

So first up:

  • Look for study group in your area
  • Self-learning

I read this really interesting piece about this Caucasian guy finding study partners in Japan. It took him more than 8 meets before he found someone that matches his learning. Go out and meet more people!

As for self-learning, start with the internet first. You can find a lot of resources that are good for starters and slowly from there you can branch into finding the right kind of books for yourself.

Now, why do I think Japanese learners should learn Business Japanese as early as possible?

Polite and humble speech is often grouped with Business Japanese and learners outside of a Japanese-speaking environment will tend to think, I just want to be able to speak/write and listen to Japanese, I won’t be using it at work.

Yet, even in daily events, such as notices at this bus stop, there are Business Japanese!! In the form of polite and humble speech.

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For the longest time I never got what staff are talking about in Konbinis. It was finally after Business Japanese class that I notice they are speaking to me in polite form. And sometimes words can be very, very different. For example, in regular talk, 147 Yen would be 147円です (147 Yen desu), and in poilte speech, service staff would say 147になります (147 ni narimasu).

It is actually strange that we don’t get to study a large amount of daily Japanese usage until we reach very advance levels.

Totally look forward to classes!

And meanwhile, my muse! ❤

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Managed one line today. Meow~~ ❤