ro in japan


Shibori summer kimono. Taisho to very early Showa (1912-1930), Japan.  The Kimono Gallery. A sheer ro hitoe kimono with all motifs constructed utilizing the shibori (tie-dye) technique. Our assessment is that the variations in color in the shibori - for example some yellowish areas - are intentional and are attributes to the total aesthetic. The shibori work on this kimono is exceptionally intricate, and must have been accomplished by a gifted craftsman.


second lot of monstertalia requests!

werewolf!sufin for @all-is-not-lost-at-all, cervitaur!hungary for @the-emerald-heart, naga!sweden for @gmused, kitsune!japan or @kitycat1, and steampunk!liechtenstein for anon (which i technically shouldn’t have taken cuz this was supposed bu just monstertalia… but i do love liech so, ya got me there anon)

The signs as Wizarding schools


(Mah - hoot - o - koh - ro)

Location: Japan

The ornate and exquisite palace of Mahoutokoro is made of mutton-fat jade, and stands on the topmost point of the ‘uninhabited’ (or so Muggles think) Volcanic island of Minami Iwo Jima.

Cancer, Aquarius


(Wag - a - doo)

Location: Africa

The only address ever given is ‘Mountains of the Moon’; visitors speak of a stunning edifice carved out of the mountainside and shrouded in mist, so that it sometimes appears simply to float in mid-air.

Leo, Capricorn


(Cass - tell - o - broo - shoo)

Location: Brazil 

Castelobruxo is an imposing square edifice of golden rock, often compared to a temple. Both building and grounds are protected by the Caipora, small and furry spirit-beings who are extraordinarily mischievous and tricky, and who emerge under cover of night to watch over the students and the creatures who live in the forest.

Sagittarius, Gemini

Beauxbatons Academy of Magic

(Bo - batton)

Location: Somewhere in the Pyrenees 

It is said that the stunning castle and grounds of this prestigious school were part-funded by alchemist gold, for Nicolas and Perenelle Flamel met at Beauxbatons in their youth, and a magnificent fountain in the middle of the school’s park, believed to have healing and beautifying properties, is named for them. 

Libra, Pisces

Durmstrang Institute

(Doorm - strang)

Location: Believed to be situated in the far north of Europe

Visitors, who must comply with memory charms to erase their knowledge of how they got there, speak of vast, sprawling grounds with many stunning views, not least of the great, dark, spectral ship that is moored on a mountain lake behind the school, from which students dive in summertime.

Aries, Scorpio

Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

(Hog - warts)

Hogwarts Castle is a large, seven-storey high building supported by magic, with a hundred and forty two staircases throughout its many towers and turrets and very deep dungeons. The castle was built in the late Early Middle Ages by a wizard architect and the four most celebrated wizards of the age: Godric Gryffindor, Helga Hufflepuff, Rowena Ravenclaw and Salazar Slytherin.

Virgo, Taurus

RO-500, Japan’s U-boat

Originally U-511 of the Kriegsmarine, she was sold to the Imperial Japanese Navy in 1943. Before that, she was a moderately successful raider, sinking 5 allied cargo ships and damaging another. Her history with Japan is not well documented, but she did survive to see the end of the war in 1945.

RO-500 was handed over to the Americans at the end of hostilities. She was scuttled by them in 1946.


chibi sketch requests!

sun and moon spirits AmePan for @kitycat1, werewolf!SveLiet for @dynamicthesaurus, aph bulgaria for @kuzeykirkland, aph romania for @ask-86-radon, aph prussia for @flouridation, umbreon for @aphspork, cyclops girl in beach ware for anon, aph estonia for @scarlettlillies, and a too smol sugilite with a too big flail for @eldebo

thanks everyone!