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The Bonsai Tree

The Bonsai Tree is genuinely man-made nature’s blessing. Bonsai (articulated bone-moan) is one of the most seasoned oriental green craftsmanship medium. Exuding from the Orient, the word Bonsai in Chinese and Japanese dialects implies tree-in-a-pot. Made in the Orient over 2000 years prior, this heavenly workmanship is prestigious everywhere throughout the world.

Little pruned tree is not yet a bonsai for it must be pruned, molded, and outlined into the coveted shape. To keep its minute size, the plant’s developing conditions are precisely controlled. Any undesirable branches are pruned, roots are kept in the small pot and leaves are consistently trimmed. Bonsai might be given a specific style or uncommon shape however regardless it needs to fit in with nature. The littler and more established the bonsai is the higher is the esteem. In spite of the fact that these superb little trees may live for quite a long time, they required bunches of pruning, trimming and preparing all through their lifetime … and the more wonderful they show up.

To make a bonsai, there are no particular principles as every species has its own unique needs. Indeed, even area and condition are imperative elements to consider. Should you choose to go into this workmanship, perused as much as you can and join neighborhood bonsai affiliations.

History

The Chinese brought forth bonsai however the Japanese supported the workmanship. In the year 700 AD, the Chinese realm began what they named aspun-sai utilizing extraordinary techniques in developing diminutive person trees in holders. Before all else, just the well-off individuals from society were diving into the craftsmanship by making utilization of local gathered examples. They gave these diminutive person trees all through China as sumptuous blessings. Amid the Kamakura period, Japan received the greater part of China’s way of life particularly the craft of developing trees in compartments. Be that as it may, the imaginative Japanese rebuilt some Bonsai highlights because of the impact of Zen Buddhism. Since the span of Japan was just four percent as that of terrain China, the improvement of the craftsmanship was obliged. Japan could grow new procedures, styles and devices to idealize the workmanship. For the following three hundred years, Bonsai was constrained just to Asia, however as of late, it has turned into an overall phenomenon.Styles

Many styles of Bonsai trees are winding up plainly more indistinguishable with nature the same number of bonsai devotees are making their own plans and deciphering by and by their gems. Commonality with the styles is critical to secure fundamental comprehension of shapes and taking after rules to effectively make smaller than usual trees.

1. Floor brush style Bonsai – Hokidachi

Deciduous trees with broad and fine branches are the best materials to make a floor brush style bonsai. Its straight and erect trunk fans out every which way after it achieves 1/3 of the whole length of the tree. The branches and leaves are formed like a ball crown which is a decent decoration for Christmas occasions.

2. Formal upright Bonsai style – Chokkan

This is the most well-known style in bonsai, and additionally nature since this tree is completely presented to daylight because of the nonappearance of different trees. Since the decreasing of the upright developing trunk is underscored, it has thicker base and develops more slender as its stature increments. At the point when the storage compartment achieves ¼ of its aggregate length, branches begin developing. The crown of the tree is shaped from a solitary branch while the storage compartment does not achieve the whole length of the tree.

3. Inclining Bonsai style – Shakkan

In the woodland, the wind and the wellspring of daylight decide the heading where trees lean. In Bonsai, the inclining style has a point of around 60 – 80 degrees with respect to the ground. The roots are all around created on one side to keep the tree standing. On one side of the tree, the roots are plainly not too created. The main branch becomes inverse the heading of the tree, with a specific end goal to adjust it. The storage compartment is marginally bowed or totally straight, yet is thicker at the base than at the top.

4. Course Bonsai style - Kengai

Trees developing on a lofty precipice are probably going to twist descending accordingly of a few variables, similar to snow or falling rocks. These components make the tree become descending. With Bonsai, keeping up the development of a tree descending is troublesome since the development’s course is against the way of trees to develop upright. Utilize tall pots to plant Cascade Bonsai. The tree is permitted to become erect at a short separation then is twisted descending. Give the crown of the tree a chance to become over the edge of the pot, however whatever remains of the branches are on the other hand orchestrated left and ideal on the peripheral bends of the S-molded trunk. Each branch becomes out in a flat course to keep the adjust of the tree.

5. Semi course Bonsai style - Han-kengai

The semi-course style, similar to the course style, is shaped like the trees developing on precipices and banks of waterways and lakes. The storage compartment is permitted to develop upright for a couple remove then twisted descending. The distinction between the course and semi-course style is that the semi-course trunk is not permitted to develop underneath the base of the pot. The crown becomes over the edge with alternate branches beneath.

6. Literati Bonsai style - Bunjingi

This style demonstrates the type of trees in territories profoundly populated by different trees where every one needs to seek survival. Trees have a tendency to become warpedly upward even without branches to get at the sun. A portion of the branches don’t have barks to get the most out of the daylight. The thought is to show how a tree truly needs to battle to survive. Bunjingi trees are frequently set in little, round pots.

7. Windswept Bonsai style – Fukinagashi

The endeavors of the tree for survival are portrayed by this style. The branches and trunk are becoming just from one side as though the wind is blowing in one heading. All the branches are becoming just from one side however will in the long run shelter one side.

8. Twofold trunk style Bonsai - Sokan

Twofold trunk trees are basic in nature however not so in the craft of Bonsai. Generally, the two trunks become out of a solitary root framework or a littler trunk rises up out of the bigger trunk simply over the ground. They contrast in both thickness and length. The thicker trunk which is more created develops upright while the littler one is inclined. Nonetheless, a solitary crown of leaves develop from the twofold trunks.

From the South Pole Iceberg to the Republic City Portal: Part Thirty Five

ATLA Book Two: Earth

Chapter Seventeen: Lake Laogai

In Which ATLA pushes its PG rating to the brink.

The nature of this episode is set out from the beginning, as the Gaang actively carry out their search for Appa, only for Joo Dee to attempt to admonish them. Aang’s response of blowing up at Joo Dee, and slamming the door in her face, followed by Toph cheering and trashing the house shows what “Lake Laogai” is going to be about. It’s the episode where, after two episodes of being stuck in the system of Ba Sing Se (“City of Walls and Secrets” and “Tales of Ba Sing Se”), they begin to act and move the plot forward in spite of the resistance of the social power structures against them. The episode is a story about the Gaang rebelling against the system of Ba Sing Se, and for the first time, making gains in their attempt to move forward.

Which makes it incredibly suitable that we see the system fully at work with Iroh’s social climbing. The scenes in the tea shop are interesting in their ambivalent nature. It’s genuinely nice to see Iroh realising his dream, but these scenes also capture the cynical edge to this class system. The city officials are presented as cruel characters, taking a small businessman’s best worker, even though he seems to have been a genuinely nice employer who treats his staff well. In an episode about the social structure of Ba Sing Se, we get an early impression of the way ordinary operations of that social structure take from those least well off in society in an offhand, thoughtless way.

This demonstration of the system the Gaang are fighting makes this episode the ideal time to bring back Jet, a victim of the system the Dai Li use to control Ba Sing Se. Having Katara meet him again allows for a further exploration of their relationship and the effect it had on Katara. She starts out suspicious of and angry with Jet, only to come to forgive him, and be genuinely sad when he dies in the episode’s conclusion. As a result, “Lake Laogai”, quietly becomes a character piece for Katara, as she builds a bridge with someone who previously hurt her, only to lose him immediately after this reconciliation.

As an aside, I also appreciated the way Aang’s reaction to Jet’s return is handled. Unlike “Jet”, there is a hint of jealousy on Aang’s part in this episode, as he quietly says that Sokka’s tongue in cheek suggestion that Katara kiss Jet to rejig his memory is “a bad idea”. But there’s still no real hint of a rivalry between Aang and Jet: Aang emphasizes the fact that  he is Jet’s friend when Long Feng mind controls Jet in the final confrontation. And when Katara is grieving Jet’s death at the end of the episode, Aang comforts her. Jet and Katara’s past relationship is allowed to be about Katara’s character, and not Aang’s jealousy.

Jet’s return also aids a further expansion of Toph’s abilities, as we get our first demonstration of her ability to sense lies. This ability feeds into another key theme of this episode: the unreliable nature of the truth. We see that it is genuinely impossible for most people to lie to Toph, with Katara’s attempt to pretend there was never anything between her and Jet being another nice character note in that particular thread of the story. But also see the limits of this power: Jet and Smeller Bee both tell truths, but their truths contradict one another, so Toph is unable to tell what really happened. This moment is one of many demonstrations of the thought put into the powers of its cast: they are given understandable and thought-out limitations. Jet and Smeller Bee’s disagreement shows that people’s perception of what is true doesn’t necessarily line up with reality: people can use the truth to give a lie authenticity, or give false information they believe to be true. As with much of the Ba Sing Se arc, the truth is ambiguous, and hard to hold on to.

Moving towards the conclusion of this episode, it is worth acknowledging the nature of its titular setting. Namely, that Lake Laogai is utterly terrifying. Details like the set of brainwashed Joo Dees all chanting in unison really push the fear factor of this episode: it’s definitely written by Tim Hedrick. Seriously, Hedrick gets almost all the creepy ones: he also wrote “The Puppetmaster” and the more horror trope filled than outright scary “The Swamp”, among other things. This aspect of the story, as well as Jet’s death, draw us into an important thread in the story of the franchise: its relationship with nickelodeon and censorship. The “ambiguity” over whether Jet died or not – it’s not that ambiguous, but they are notably not allowed to state that Jet is dying – show the “The Last Airbender” really pushing the boundaries of what is allowed on this network. Most notably, Jet’s death represents the one instance of a character clearly on the side of “good” dying in the franchise’s present (the closest example after this being Hiroshi, who is by no means straightforwardly a hero in spite of the redemptive nature of his death). This boundary pushing is not a problem yet, but will become one over the course of the production of “Legend of Korra”, with the finale of “Book One: Air” leading to an increased ambivalence towards the show on Nickelodean’s part, with censorship, budget cutting and badly handled and advertised shifting from TV to online being a part of the production narrative for most of Legend of Korra’s run. Basically, just imagine how much better “Legend of Korra” would have been treated by a network like Netflix. But while “Legend of Korra” didn’t quite fit with Nickelodean, “The Last Airbender” was still able to push boundaries and fit reasonably comfortably on the network.

Just as Jet reasserts his own identity in the face of his mortality, Zuko questions his identity, and the question of his destiny. It’s really suitable that the underwater caverns of Lake Laogai become a place where multiple characters confront issues under the surface of their stories, with Katara also making peace with her past feelings for Jet, and Aang finally reuniting with his oldest friend. Zuko is at least in part right that good things are happening to Iroh, not both of them, but as Iroh observes, Zuko hasn’t tried to carve out his own destiny at any point in the series:

“Iroh: Is it your own destiny, or is it a destiny someone else has tried to force on you?

Zuko: Stop it, Uncle! I have to do this!

Iroh: I’m begging you, Prince Zuko! It’s time for you to look inward and begin asking yourself the big questions. Who are you, and what do you want?”

And so Zuko makes his big decision to free Appa, a decision that further feeds in to the theme of interconnectedness that drives the season: a big character moment for Zuko also moves Aang’s journey forward. This decision culminates in the episode’s final shot of Zuko getting rid of the mask, as Iroh reassure him that he “did the right thing”. But interestingly, this is shot, not from Zuko’s position above the Lake, but from the mask’s position beneath the water. Zuko is trying to shed the identity of the blue Spirit, and succeeds in doing so, but the darker side of his identity, like the mask, still remains lurking under the surface, waiting to rise again.  

While Zuko’s story leaves off in an uncertain place in this episode, there is one genuine conclusion, as Aang is finally reunited with Appa. As Korrastorian points out in her “Animal Agency” essay, we return to the motif of Appa’s eye when he reunites with Aang: it closes in contentment when he knows he and his friend are safe and together again. Most important, though, is what this reunion symbolises. After failing to make any progress for several episodes, this small victory sees the start of the Gaang beginning to overcome the social structure of Ba Sing Se.

Viva La Revolution.

End of Part Thirty Five.

anonymous asked:

do you have any advice for someone who wants to incorporate a harry potter verse to their non harry potter character? do you know of any guides at all? if not then it's okay!

Okay, well, you’ll have to start with the basics.

Blood StatusHouse. Bearing in mind that if you’re a Muggleborn, there is very scarce chance you will be put into Slytherin (due to the tradition and Salazar Slytherin’s own preferences.)

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Nope, sorry. If you wanted me to ignore you, you probably shouldn’t have publicly commented on my post. This is not the only comment like this. You are one of many people to try to find a way around what was said/meant/implied, whatever. Because there MUST be some other meaning.

First of all, the person quoted was not the only person to make such comments and they ALL mean the same thing. “I can overlook that she’s black because the costumes are well made.” There is nothing positive about that statement. Period. Just stop trying to pretend that there is. It implies that if your costume isn’t good enough, people won’t overlook the fact that you aren’t white. As if being black is some negative factor that should be counted against you. 

Second, you are also wrong about “literally almost all of the cosplays you did were of characters who are actually white”. No. No. No. I am going to assume you do not read comic books and correct your ignorance here. Out of the 10 characters I am cosplaying in that set, guess how many have black versions in the comics. Actually no, we’re going to say out of 8 because 2 are aliens. Martian Manhunter is NOT WHITE. He’s an alien who happens to shape shift into a black man for his secret identity sometimes. Dejah Thoris is also NOT WHITE. She is also from Mars but not the same comics as Martian Manhunter. White is not the default race of the whole galaxy, people.

 So that’s 8 characters left in the set and guess who are the ONLY ones out of 8 who DON’T have a black version in the continuity that I based my costumes on?? She Hulk and Colossus. Yep, the ones with full body paint. 2 out of 8. That’s it. That’s all. Everyone else is either black all the time, or black in the continuity that I based my costume on. 

This once again proves my point, that this type of discrimination is not based on ‘accuracy’ or anything else. White supremacy allows people to make the assumption that everything SHOULD be white, and that deviations from this norm must be noted, detracted OR if you’re so 'lucky’, can be 'overlooked’ if you’re 'good enough’.

I want to thank every person on this post who complimented me on my work, or expressed joy at seeing their favorite character represented, and even the people who negatively criticized my costume work based on my sewing skills not impressing them enough. Because they saw me as a whole person and not just my race being something they had to overlook.

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