chiefianaxolotl asked: Hey, I'm very interested in learning about Japanese culture and I thought what better way to start then to learn Japanese! However I'm having trouble finding entertaining ways to learn it. Can you help me out please?? :D
There’s probably more than a dozen websites and apps listed under the resources button on my top bar. Please use any of those! I do have a resources page for this reason. If you missed the button here is the URL: http://asianhistory.tumblr.com/resources it’s under languages “J” for Japanese.
laipai asked: Hi! Maybe you or some of your followers can help me. I'll work in a language school for kids this summer where each week there is a "theme" and one of the themes is Japan. The teachers are required to wear something related to it. The ideas (cont)
in the teachers guide are horrible, appropriative and racist. I would ask if anyone has any ideas for some accessory/wearable decoration to use that is respectful for white women to wear. I want to make it if not good, not so bad at least! Thank you!
First off, I would try explaining to the other teachers — or the school as a whole why this might come off as appropriative and inconsiderate to other cultures. Especially as I’m guessing here — because someone is bound to try dressing up as a Geisha as per the guide book suggestions.
My disclaimer: I am not Japanese.
However, that being said there are probably lots of things you can or could wear depending on how lax this summer program is that relate to Japan but do not make you a white woman dressing up as a Japanese woman. You don’t have to pretend to be Japanese, you just have to relate your outfit to the theme of Japan.
I can’t recall why I did it (possible as an art project, possibly because of a theme) but I once took a white t-shirt and markers and designed my own cherry blossoms pattern around the neckline. That certainly takes very little artistic ability and just brown, pink, purple, and red markers. I’m fond of florals in art so cherry blossoms and chrysanthemums are both well suited, I should think and easy enough to copy a rendering of. It might force you to be a bit crafty but cranes, herons, butterflies, etc are all also thinks that you could perhaps draw or printscreen.
Hell, if you can afford it I would buy cheap iron-on paper and $3 tshirts at your local store. Then you could in theory, wear art pieces or photographs of Japan. The Great Wave would look nice.
These are the more perhaps — academic choices. Personally I think, depending on age, some other fun things could be used. Loads of kids will recognize Pokemon or Hello Kitty. These are distinctly Japanese but still not dressing as a Japanese person. [Consulate General of Japan, San Francisco]
If these options are too casual assume trying to incorporate things into your regular outfit. Again, you could cheaply recreate “cherry blossoms” into a wire necklace or earrings.
Does anyone else have suitable ideas that avoid the usual - Geisha makeup/kimonos/hapi coats, chopsticks in hair, etc?
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