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THE BEAD MAKER – Apprentice Watches the Master – A Rosary Shop in Old Meiji-Era Japan by Okinawa Soba

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<br />This image and its 3-D counterpart are dedicated to the illustrious, world-traveling photographer and Flickr member &quot;DCI&quot;. Ever since he asked me what the strange tool was in another photo I posted, I have been meaning to dig this one out and post it.. 

In the OTHER photo, this handy tool was dead on the ground. In this photo it’s alive and well, and a young apprentice is being taught how to use it.

The tool is called a PUMP DRILL, and though rarely seen today, it was an important part of many old artisan cultures. Amazingly, I discovered a great modern version of this “Boy watching the Master” on Kai-Erik’s photostream : www.flickr.com/photos/kai-erik/2860082920/ Take a moment to see his other photos showing close-up images of this tool as well. Thanks, Kai-Erik !

Due to the shaft reversing itself after many spins in one direction, the Pump Drill also required a unique bit. The all important flywheel – in the above photo it is a simple, ball-shaped weight in the shaft – could take any form; from round ball to “flying saucer” shape, and from smooth surfaced to ornately cast or engraved (making it a work of art in itself). It looks about as primitive as you can get, but it was an indispensable tool. It did its job making all manner of fine bore holes, the direction and flare of which could be accurately controlled by the subtle moves of a skilled operator.

Well, now that we have established how primitive this tool is, it’s only fair to tell you that at the very moment the quaint photo was taken above in 1904, back in the “advanced” nations of North America and Europe, every JEWELER, SILVERSMITH, GOLDSMITH, ENGRAVER, OPTICIAN and WATCHMAKER were all sitting at their benches using all sizes of the same Pump Drill seen above! With it, they produced the fantastic settings of the beautiful “antique rings and jewelry” that many folks like to collect, as well as the beautiful old precision watches and scientific instruments that still “keep on ticking” today.

In spite of that, I’m sure nobody here is about to trade in your variable-speed DREMEL Hobby Drill for one of these. On the other hand, if you are out in the wilderness with no electroicity (working on some kind of on-the-spot wood,metal, or stone project), some version of this drill with the right set of bits would come in MIGHTY HANDY.

If you are into stereoviews, the deep 3-D version of the above detail crop is here, and was photographed by JULIAN COCHRANE in 1904 for the Keystone View Company : www.flickr.com/photos/24443965@N08/2586445212/

In the Wikipedia under BOW DRILL, and you can see PUMP DRILL illustrated as a related tool : en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bow_drill

The Photo that DCI first caught the Pump Drill in is here : www.flickr.com/photos/24443965@N08/2477276418/

For other beautiful and interesting photos by the same photographer (including a couple of great self portraits taken while in Japan), look here : www.flickr.com/search/?q=Julian Cochrane&w=24443965@N08

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Cultural Misrepresentation in the new Powerpuff Girls

I recently watched the first episode of the Powerpuff Girls reboot with my brother, who鈥檚 very educated in Asian cultures and practices. He鈥檚 enjoyed Powerpuff Girls with me as I grew up with it, not as much as I have, but still maintaining a fair interest. The plot of the new episode聽鈥淢an Up鈥 reminded us of a season 6 episode,聽鈥淢akes Zen to Me,鈥 with its Zen references. The first thing my brother noticed was that it was terribly inaccurate to the Zen philosophy and, rather than being Zen, mixed a bunch of different cultures under the name, of them including Hinduism and Hippie-ism. Even so, the references they DID make were stereotypical and obviously didn鈥檛 delve into them.

Before we begin, neither my brother or I have ill feelings at all towards any of the practices mentioned in this post. We are in defense of them by displaying how incorrect and offensive they鈥檙e portraying them as.

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I found that many girls in Japan get hair extensions!! In fact I asked some of my Japanese friends and they told me that a large amount girls start getting hair extensions during their last year of high school. I had them done too. I got the braiding style done and for $100!!! I did them in Shibuya, It was a store near the station near the department store LOFT. They lasted me 3 months then I had to redo it ^^ !! I loved having them in !! I like long hair ^^ I also prefer bead-head styled hair. I like how it looks messy!! :P


New wig appreciation post! Really loving the bright colors, my hair has sadly reverted back to its natural state since I last dyed it. Got some strange looks on the train and an old Japanese lady asked me if I was a model. <3 Definitely a good day~

Frosted Pink Heart and Roses Earrings - Japanese Tensha Bead Earrings - Roses Earrings - Heart Earrings - Heart Jewelry - Gift Idea - T- 07
Romantic frosted pink hearts with pink rose earrings. These Japanese tensha bead hearts have a light and airy look to them this is a beautiful art form that the Japanese do. Perfect for all your summer outfits dressy or casual. They would be adorable with a sundress or a pretty top and capris. They are very light weigh and fun to wear or give as a gift. All earrings come in a gift bag. I designed these earrings with 22mm x 23mm Japanese tensha bead hearts, 4mm rose jade gemstones, 5.5mm silver plate corrugated design bead caps, 2mm sterling silver round beads and silver plate ear wires. Length 2 1/4 inches including ear wires. Reference 25mm = 1 inch. These are available in more colors click here to see what is available. https://www.etsy.com/shop/AVeryCoolEarringShop?ref=hdr_shop_menu§ion_id=21552637 To see more earrings click on the link below. http://www.etsy.com/shop/AVeryCoolEarringsShop


I was inspired by the Greek myth of Persephone’s abduction.

This costume is made up of four pieces: Bodice, cloak, skirt and boot (not pictured). All nuno felted. On the back of the cloak I felted the Japanese character for ‘spring’.

Materials used: Hand dyed silk organza, silk gauze and silk chiffon. Commercially dyed corridale fibre, natural alpaca, silk fibre, rayon yarn and jade beads.

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japanese clematis tensha bead earrings by fershdesign

ok, so i know this was one of my ‘suggested shops’ post earlier, but i just HAD to show off my new favorite pair from there! check out all of fershdesign’s sweet beaded jewelry :)