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Daruma (Jap. 達磨 or だ る ま) - Japanese God of desires, bringing happiness. Daruma - it is also a Japanese traditional doll, which embodies Bodhidharma.
The doll is made of wood, papier-mâché or paper, and usually painted in red. Less frequently in green, yellow or white colors. It is given beard and mustache, but its eyes are not drawn.
The owner of Daruma, making a wish, draws one eye. During the year, Daruma is kept at home in a prominent place. If the next new year wish comes true, Daruma gets another eye, and if not – the owner burns it and gets a new doll.
Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arrangement. It is more than simply putting flowers in a container. It is a disciplined art form in which the arrangement is a living thing where nature and humanity are brought together. It is steeped in the philosophy of developing a closeness with nature.
Origami (折り紙, from ori meaning "folding", and kami meaning "paper" (kami changes to gami due to rendaku)) is the Art of paper folding, which is often associated with Japanese culture. The goal is to transform a flat sheet square of paper into a finished sculpture through folding and sculpting techniques.
Kusudama is a paper model that is usually (although not always) created by sewing multiple identical pyramidal units (usually stylized flowers folded from square paper) together through their points to form a spherical shape. Kusudama originate from ancient Japanese culture, where they were used for incense and potpourri; possibly originally being actual bunches of flowers or herbs. The word itself is a combination of two Japanese words kusuri, Medicine, and tama, Ball. They are now typically used as decorations, or as gifts.
Kirigami — is a modern Japanese Art, translated from Japanese as “to cut paper”. Everybody used to cut snowflakes being children. This is the simplest form of “Kirigami”. Japanese people created an outstanding technology, filling the Art with talent and mastery. Genious things are simple – simple paper, simple scissors plus huge forces and outstanding skills – here is the recipe of Japanese masterpiece!
Suminagashi, known as marbling – the art reflecting the key point of Japanese culture, slightly opening the curtains of mystery was born during the times of Su Kase Imperior and is one of the oldest on the Earth. At the same time paints used for this art are extremely new and technologically perfect, being unique in the whole world. Paints percolating into the cloth or paper stay forever preserving color brightness and line accuracy.
The process of the masterpiece creation is also filled with joy. A special tank is filled with ordinary water. It is clear and let us watch the creation of the miracle. Paints are put on the surface of the water and you start to draw using brushes, hands, blowing. Unique, inimitable drawing is creating as if you draw it in the air. After the drawing is finished, it is covered with cloth or paper and the drawing is left on it. The drawing is so unique that even you will not be able to make it again.
Kanzashi — jewelry for hair traditionally used in Japan. The key place is taken by Hana kanzashi — hairpin with flowers made of cloth. Such kanzashi is popular among maiko and children at festivals. Traditionally Hana kanzashi was made by Japanese Masters of silk using technique “tsumami” (folding), petal by petal a small miracle is born — a silk flower of Kanzashi…
Hairpins of outstanding beauty will give you wonderful moments in the process of creation and then in the process of wearing and can become a precious gift! Kanzashi pins are popular in the period of sakura blooming and at the festival “Hina Matsuri” all nice girls put them on with pleasure!
In Japan the most important is the gift. Their gift making tradition is rather complex and paid great attention to! On the one hand, Japanese people are used to give ordinary gifts such as chocolate. coffee or even toilet paper. But! The greeting card, the greeting and gift-wrapping should be expensive and very special! The greeting card should be hand-made and the greeting should not repeat any other greeting that a person gets!
This tradition is not just Japanese one and greeting cards are popular and important all over the world! And to surprise your beloved ones Japanese technique of greeting will be very useful!
The wide range of techniques includes: application with Japanese dolls, calligraphy, kirigami, suminagashi and Japanese art. Of course the main ingredient is your feelings and nice words from the bottom of your heart!