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Culture Old Qian Quan Jian (3 feet 6") 亁坤劍 All Culture yayasilver
This sword was forged back in 2001, so now is nearly 12 years old. Blade is hand forged from silco-manganese steel. 3 feet 6" (in Chinese measurement) was the longest size for single handed sword, also known as 上士劍, which has more striking power and can be used with double handed if needed. Fittings were made from thick brass and aged. Blade also made to unique qian quan style with very strong edge.
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Culture Origin of Lunar New Year Culture absurdzen
Legend says, long ago, there was a monster called Nian. It was thought to look like a mix between a dragon and a unicorn. On the first and the 15th of each lunar month, the monster would come down from the mountains to hunt people. People feared the monster and locked their doors early before sunset on the days of its coming. There lived an old wise man in a village. He thought it was the panic in people that made the monster so bold and furious. Thus the old man asked people to organize toge
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Culture Happy Buddha China Culture yayasilver
The history of the Smiling or Happy Buddha can be traced back to the Bodhisattva Maitreya, the Buddha that is predicted to succeed Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. The names Smiling, Fat, Laughing or Happy Buddha are just Western nomenclature for this figure. He is usually depicted with a bald head, wide smile, a huge exposed belly, and always carrying a bag. It is because of the ever-present bag that the Chinese call him Budai, meaning calico or cloth bag. The Japanese name for him i
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Culture 兵馬甬 (Terracotta Soldiers) China Culture yayasilver
The Terracotta Soldiers, dating from 210 BC, were discovered in 1974 by some local farmers near Xian in the Sichuan province of China, near the Mausouleum of the First Qin Emperor. The figures vary in height (183195 cm - 6ft6ft 5in) according to their role, the tallest being the generals. The figures include strong warriors, chariots, horses, officials, acrobats, strongmen, and musicians. Current estimates are that in the three pits containing the Terracotta Army, there were over 8,000 soldier
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Culture Lucky Cat (Maneki Neko) Japan Culture yayasilver
The Maneki Neko, literally "Beckoning Cat", also known as Welcoming Cat, Lucky Cat, Money cat, or Fortune Cat, is a common Japanese sculpture, often made of porcelain or ceramic, which is believed to bring good luck to the owner. The sculpture depicts a cat (traditionally a Japanese Bobtail) beckoning with an upright paw, and is usually displayed--usually at the entrance--in shops, restaurants, pachinko parlors, and other businesses. In the design of the sculptures, a raised right paw supposedly
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Culture Huang-di (The Yellow Emperor) China Culture fearfrog
Huang-di, or the Yellow Emperor, is a legendary Chinese sovereign and cultural hero who is considered in Chinese mythology to be the ancestor of all Han Chinese. He was one of the legendary Five Emperors. He was mentioned in the Shiji by historian Sima Qian (145 BCE-90 BCE). Tradition holds that he reigned from 2697 BC to 2597 BC. His personal name was said to be Gongsun Xuanyuan. He emerged as a chief deity of Taoism during the Han Dynasty (202 BCE-220 CE). Among his many accomplishments, Hu
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Culture Chopsticks China, Japan Culture absurdzen
Chopsticks are small tapered sticks used in pairs of equal length as the traditional eating utensils of China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and Vietnam. Chopsticks are most commonly made of bamboo or plastic, but are also made of metal, bone, ivory, and various types of wood. The pair of sticks is maneuvered in one hand, between the thumb and fingers, and used to pick up pieces of food. Although the exact origins of chopsticks are unknown, many scholars believe they originated in China nearly five t
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Culture Chopstick China Culture yayasilver
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Culture Tengu Japan Culture Kiki
Tengu, translated as "heavenly dogs", are a class of supernatural creatures found in Japanese folklore, art, theater, and literature. They are one of the best known "yokai" (monster-spirits) and are sometimes worshipped as Shinto kami (revered spirits or gods). Although they take their name from a dog-like Chinese demon (Tiangou), the tengu were originally thought to take the forms of birds of prey, and they are traditionally depicted with both human and avian characteristics. They appear in the
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Culture Qilin China, Japan, Korea Culture Kiki
The Qilin (also known as Ky lan in Vietnamese, Girin in Korean, Kirin in Japanese and Keileon in Cantonese) is a mythical hooved Chinese chimerical creature known throughout various East Asian cultures, and is said to appear in conjunction with the arrival of a sage. It is a good omen that brings "rui", which translates as "serenity" or "prosperity". It is often depicted with what looks like fire all over its body. The earliest references to the Qilin are in the 5th century BC book Zuo Zhuan.
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Culture Tonfa Japan Culture fearfrog
The tonfa, also known as tong fa or tuifa, is a traditional Okinawan weapon from which the modern side-handled police baton is derived. The origin of the tonfa is debated but experts believe it either originated in China or Indonesia. It is used in both Southeast Asian and Chinese martial arts and was possibly brought to Okinawa through their influence. A similar weapon called the "mae sun sawk" is used in Thailand. Tradition holds that during the reign of Okinawan ruler Sho Shin, restrictions w
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Culture Taekwondo Korea Culture fearfrog
Taekwondo (also, Tae Kwon Do, Taekwon-Do, or Tae Kwon-Do) is a martial art and combat sport originating in Korea. Taekwondo is the national sport of South Korea and sparring, kyeorugi, is an Olympic sporting event. In Korean, derived from hanja, "tae" means to destroy with the feet, "kwon" means to strike or smash with the hand and "do" means "path", "way" or "method". Hence, taekwondo is loosely translated as "the way of the feet and fist". Taekwondo's popularity has resulted in the divergen
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Culture Jujutsu Japan Culture fearfrog
Jujutsu, literally meaning the "art or science of softness", is a Japanese martial art consisting primarily of grappling techniques. Jujutsu evolved among the samurai of feudal Japan as a method for dispatching an armed and armored opponent in situations where the use of weapons was impractical or forbidden. Due to the difficulty of dispatching an armored opponent with striking techniques, the most efficient methods for neutralizing an enemy took the form of pins, joint locks and throws. These t
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Culture Aikido Japan Culture fearfrog
Aikido is a Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba as a synthesis of his martial studies, philosophy, and religious beliefs. Aikido is often translated as "the Way of unifying (with) life energy" or as "the Way of harmonious spirit." Ueshiba's goal was to create an art that practitioners could use to defend themselves while also protecting their attacker from injury. Aikido is performed by blending with the motion of the attacker and redirecting the force of the attack rather than
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Culture Judo China Culture fearfrog
Judo, meaning "gentle way", is a modern Japanese martial art and combat sport that originated in Japan in the late nineteenth century. Its most prominent feature is its competitive element, where the object is to either throw one's opponent to the ground, immobilize or otherwise subdue one's opponent with a grappling manuver, or force an opponent to submit by joint locking the elbow or by executing a choke. Strikes and thrusts (by hands and feet) as well as weapon defenses are a part of judo, bu
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Culture Kata Japan Culture fearfrog
Kata, literally "form", is a Japanese word describing detailed choreographed patterns of movements practiced either solo or in pairs. Kata are used in many traditional Japanese arts such as theater forms like kabuki and schools of tea ceremony, but are most commonly known for the presence in the martial arts. Kata are used by most traditional Japanese and Okinawan martial arts, such as aikido, iaido, judo, jujutsu, kenjutsu, kendo and karate. Other arts such as t'ai chi ch'uan and taekwondo feat
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Culture Karate Japan Culture fearfrog
Karate is a martial art developed in the Ryukyu Islands(Okinawa) from indigenous fighting methods. Karate is characterised as a striking art using punching, kicking, knee and elbow strikes and open-handed techniques such as knife-hands (karate chop). Grappling, locks, restraints, throws, and vital point strikes are taught in some styles. Karate developed in the Ryukyu Kingdom prior to its 19th century annexation by Japan. It was brought to the Japanese mainland in the early 20th century during a
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Culture Kung Fu China Culture Kiki
Kung fu, also known as gongfu or gung fu, is a well-known Chinese term often used by speakers of the English language to refer to Chinese martial arts. Its original meaning is somewhat different, referring to one's expertise in any skill, not necessarily martial. According to the legend of the Buddhist monk Bodhidharma, kung fu also has its origin in India. The Indian monk named Bodhidharma Sardili (also known as Da Mo in Chinese) traveled from India to China around 500 CE. It is said that he
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Culture Chinese swords lost Wax Casting Method China Culture yayasilver
First a basic shape with simple details would be carved out of wood. This would then be used to mould an outer layer of plaster. Splitting the plaster in two to remove the wood, wax would then be used to fill the plaster mould. The wax would then be taken out and carved in greater detail by hand. The wax model would then be dipped into plaster and then baked, the wax melting away through specially shaped channels; hence the name lost wax. After this, molten brass would be poured into mould
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Culture Nunchaku Japan, China Culture Kiki
The nunchaku (sometimes called "nunchucks", "numchuks", or "chain sticks" in English) is a traditional weapon of the Kobudo weapons set and consists of two sticks connected at their ends with a short chain or rope. A sansetsukon is a similar weapon with three sticks attached on chains instead of two. Although the certain origin of nunchaku is disputed, it is thought to come from China through the Japanese island of Okinawa. The Japanese word nunchaku itself comes from the Hokkien (Min Nan) wo
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Culture Sai Japan Culture Kiki
Sai is the Ryukyu name for a traditional Okinawan weapon also used in India, China, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. Its basic form is that of a pointed, rod-shaped baton, with two long, unsharpened projections (tsuba) attached to the handle. The very end of the handle is called the knuckle. Sai are constructed in a variety of forms. Traditional sai are round, while some reproductions have adapted an octagonal middle prong. The tsuba are traditionally symmetrical, however, the Manji design deve
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Culture Jade China Culture yayasilver
Jade is an ornamental stone. The term jade is applied to two different metamorphic rocks that are made up of different silicate minerals: nephrite and jadeite.The English word jade is derived from the Spanish term "piedra de ijada" (first recorded in 1565) or "loin stone", from its reputed efficacy in curing ailments of the loins and kidneys. Jade was considered the "imperial gem" in China. From about the earliest Chinese dynasties until present, the jade deposits in most use were not only fr
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Culture Katana Japan Culture Kiki
The Katana is a curved, single-edged sword traditionally used by the samurai. According to legend, the Japanese sword was invented by a smith named Amakuni (c.700 AD), along with the folded steel process. In reality the folded steel process and single edge swords had been brought over from China through trade in the early 10th century during the Tang Dynasty. Swords forged between 987 and 1597 are called koto or "old swords"; these are considered the pinnacle of Japanese swordcraft. Early models
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Culture Bunraku Japan Culture Kiki
Bunraku, formly known as ningyo joruri, is a form of traditional Japanese puppet theater, founded in Osaka in 1684. Three kinds of performers take part in a bunraku performance: * Ningyotsukai or Ningyozukai - Puppeteers * Tayu - Chanters * Shamisen - Players Occasionally other instruments such as taiko drums are used. The most accurate term for the traditional puppet theater in Japan is ningyo joruri. The combination of chanting and shamisen playing is called joru
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Culture Kabuki Japan Culture Kiki
Kabuki is a form of traditional Japanese theatre. Kabuki theatre is known for the stylization of its drama and for the elaborate make-up worn by its performers. The individual kanji characters, from left to right, mean sing (歌), dance (舞), and skill (伎). Kabuki is therefore sometimes translated as "the art of singing and dancing." These are, however, ateji, characters that do not reflect actual etymology. The word kabuki is believed to derive from the verb kabuku, meaning "t
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Culture Hanami Japan Culture Kiki
Hanami, literally "flower viewing", is the Japanese traditional custom of enjoying the beauty of flowers, "flower" in this case almost always meaning cherry blossoms (sakura) or ume blossoms. From late March to early May, sakura bloom all over Japan. The blossom forecast is announced each year by the weather bureau, and is watched carefully by those planning hanami as the blossoms only last a week or two. In modern-day Japan, hanami mostly consists of having an outdoor party beneath the sakura d
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Culture Oni Japan Culture fearfrog
Oni are creatures from Japanese folklore, similar to Western demons such as ogres and trolls. They are popular characters in Japanese art, literature and theater. Depictions of oni vary widely but usually portray them as hideous, gigantic creatures with sharp claws, wild hair, and two long horns growing from their heads. They are humanoid for the most part, but occasionally they are shown with unnatural features such as odd numbers of eyes or extra fingers and toes. Their skin may be any numb
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Culture Pagoda Culture fearfrog
Pagoda is the general term in the English language for a tiered tower with multiple eaves common in China, Japan, Korea, Nepal, Vietnam, and other parts of Asia. Most pagodas were built to have a religious function, most commonly Buddhist, and were often located in or near temples. This term may refer to other religious structures in some countries. In Thailand, "pagoda" usually means the same as stupa while in Vietnam, "pagoda" is a more generic term referring to a place of worship. The mode
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Culture Asian Calligraphy Culture fearfrog
Asian calligraphy typically uses ink brushes to write Chinese characters called Hanzi in Chinese, Hanja in Korean, Kanji in Japanese and Han Tu in Vietnamese. Calligraphy is known as Shufa in Chinese, Seoye in Korean and Shodo in Japanese--all mean "the way of writing." Calligraphy is considered an important art in East Asia and the most refined form of East Asian painting. Calligraphy has also influenced ink and wash painting, which is accomplished using similar tools and techniques. Calligr
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Culture Flute China Culture yayasilver
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Culture Imperial Guardian Lion "Fu Dog" China Culture yayasilver
Imperial guardian lions, also known as "Fu dogs", are powerful mythic protectors that have traditionally stood in front of Chinese Imperial palaces, temples, emperors' tombs, government offices, and the homes of government officials and the wealthy from the Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD) until the end of the empire in 1911. Imperial guardian lions are still common decorative and symbolic elements at the entrances to restaurants, hotels, and other structures. The lions are traditionally carved f
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Culture Bamboo: myths and legends Culture absurdzen
Bamboo's long life makes it a Chinese symbol of longevity, while in India it is a symbol of friendship. In Japan, bamboo forests often surround Shinto shrines as a sacred protection against evil spirits. In Vietnam, bamboo is a symbol for the soul and often represents ideas of hard-working, optimism, unity and adaptability. Vietnamese culture is sometimes referred to as "bamboo culture." A Vietnamese proverb states, "When bamboo is old, the bamboo sprouts appear," the meaning being that Vietnam
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Culture "three-inch golden lotuses" Footbinding Culture yayasilver
Foot binding was very painfully and unrespectfully for woman. Some said it make women walk more graceful and even can make vagina opening smaller so, can tightly hold their man's. I think the foot binning was to ensure woman unable to leave their home , and have to depend on the others for daily live. Accoring historical records from the Song dynasty (960-1279 A.D.) date footbinding as beginning during the reign of Li Yu, who ruled over one region of China between 961-975. It is said his
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Culture Chinese Moon Festival China Culture yayasilver
The 15th day of the 8th Lunar month The Chinese Moon Festival is one of the biggest holidays of the Chinese calendar. It is celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th Lunar month. People also call it the Mooncake Festival or Lantern Festival. On this lunar day, the fall moon is at it's brightest, and is in the highest point of the sky. The Chinese Moon Festival celebrates the success of the fall or autumn harvest. This celebration is one of the oldest holidays in the world, dating back thousand
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Culture Chinese Lover's day 七夕 China Culture yayasilver
The traditional festival of China's Han Tanabata Festival is on the July ,7 at lunar calendar every year. Because this day is a major player in girls, and a lot of the activities of hand bagger is also the main reason people said this day is called baggers day "or "girl's Day", "daughter of festival." Tanabata Festival is China's traditional festivals in one of the most romantic holiday, but also puts great emphasis on girls over the past day. In this one night, the women and bagger are devou
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Culture Chinese Ink China Culture yayasilver
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Culture 文房四寶 China Culture yayasilver
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Culture swords heat treatment and quenching China Culture yayasilver
A sword is more then a piece of shaped metal, without proper hardening throught different heat treating. quenching and tempering, steel will not be hardened and will not be hardened and will not reach it full potential.The highest quality steel will be no harder or better than normal steel without undergoing the mentioned procedures. Quenching After the blade has been shaped, the sword would be quenched. Traditionally there were a variety of methods used to quench a sword: horse urine,
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Culture Ikebana Japan Culture appleapple
Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arrangement. The name is a combination of the words ikeru (place, arrange) and hana (flower). Ikebana began as a kind of ritual flower offering made in Buddhist temples in Japan during the sixth century, with the first written account dating back to the tenth century. In these arrangements, both the flowers and the branches were made to point toward heaven as an indication of faith. Tatebana (vertical flower) in the Muromachi era (14-16th century) was regard
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Culture Wedding Day Taboo China Culture yayasilver
1. Never have wedding at 7 month of Chinese calendar 2. It is bad luck for bride step on gloom s shoes. Means wife is over power the husband. 3. The brides wedding dress should not have pocket. If yes, that means she will take away bride side familys luck of the money. 4. During the wedding day, the bride should not lie on the bed or close to it, it bring bad luck for brides health. 5. Anyone born on year of Tiger year cannot come for wedding as guest. 6. No one can use
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Culture Matsu (媽祖) Temple China Culture yayasilver
Matsu is a goddess in the Southeast coast of China. She is also known as Our Lady of the Sky, Tianfei Niangniang, and Meizhou Mother. It is said that Matsu was named Lin and was born in China's Fujian Province, on Putian Meizhou Island. The worship of Matsu started in the Northern Song Dynasty and spread gradually to Fujian, Zhejiang, Guangdong and other coastal provinces, such as Taiwan, Japan, and parts of Southeast Asia (Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam). In the Ming Dynasty, Yon



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