Ode to Japan: inspiring clothes, cranes … and even carp

by

We can probably all agree that Japan is full of inspiration, from its cherry blossoms in springtime to its negligible petty crime. It’s safer than almost anywhere, the diet is about as healthy as it gets, and so much bowing happens (out of respect) that it could give you the straightest back.

 

Sadly, though, we can’t always be in Japan. We can’t always eat sushi. We can’t always write using neon-ink pens. So we have to find a way to take the inspiration of Japan home – beyond the occasional bento box.

 

There’s the koi fish, to start. It’s actually carp – a brightly colored, domesticated Japanese carp. You might be thinking, who cares about carp? Well, the koi is actually a highly energetic fish, always on the move. It can fight water current and even swim upstream, making it a symbol of strength and perseverance. In Japanese, koi is also pronounced like another word meaning “affection” or “love,” and so symbolizes love and friendship. And, it’s just good luck.

 

So if you hang this Koi Fish Pond Wall Clock on your wall, you’re basically bringing yourself a lot of good, from love and strength to luck and perseverance. Who could refuse that?

 

http://www.zazzle.com/koi_fish_pond_round_clocks-256865572249842133

 

And perhaps you’ve seen a kimono? You may know that it’s a traditional Japanese garment, a full-length robe that wraps snugly around the body, with long, wide sleeves and a thick sash (obi) tied elaborately at the back. These days, they’re mostly worn for formal occasions like weddings and tea ceremonies – or, if you’re a sumo wrestler, a lot.

 

You wouldn’t necessarily think: kimoto pattern, meet my laptop cover. But when you see the Retro Floral MacBook Pro Sleeve, with a design from a traditional Japanese wedding kimono, you’ll wonder why you hadn’t already thought of it:

 

http://www.zazzle.com/cute_vintage_retro_floral_red_white_vector_macbook_sleeve-204898976925725718

 

Finally comes the crane, a national treasure in Japan. The crane appears in their art, literature and folklore, a symbol of good fortune and long life because it reputedly lives for a thousand years (hence the tradition of making a thousand origami cranes). A mystical creature, like the dragon and tortoise, it also symbolizes happiness and prosperity. And since cranes mate for life, they symbolize fidelity.

 

So you really can’t go wrong carrying around with you, all day, the finely designed Heron and Dahlia Japanese Design iPhone 5 Case. It’s inspired by classical Japanese art motifs, with dahlias and flying herons (very similar to cranes):

 

http://www.zazzle.com/heron_and_dahlia_a_japanese_design_iphone_case-179843785915074502

 

We now bid farewell to our ode to Japan series, with sadness but also joy in the discoveries we’ve made and shared. We hope it’s inspired and excited you, too. Sayonara!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 674 other followers

%d bloggers like this: