And where does it begin? For all mudang, it starts with suffering. ... One does not CHOOSE to become a mudang. One is chosen by the gods. You are destined or you are not. And many will take advantage of you, saying you are meant to become one, when you are not.
Men, this chapter is mainly about women. Women, it is mainly about men who talk about women.
On an island known for its natural beauty, Spirited Garden is a showcase of what man and nature can do together. The Spirited Garden in Hallim is the life’s work of one man, Sung Bum Young. Bonsai trees (known as bunjae in Korea) are miniature trees that have been trained to become an ideal. Almost like a work of art they are slowly pushed and prodded over a long period of time to become miniature masterpieces.
Unbelievable umbrellas A look at a man, his craft and an obscure art. Of the myriad inventions from antiquity that have forged their way into the modern day, the umbrella (伞 sǎn) is one of the few to have retained its shape, function and beauty. Known to many ancient civilizations, the umbrella has garnered mythological, … Continue reading Unbelievable umbrellas
What makes the countries of East Asia somewhat funny is that their architecture and culture in general can be defined by which period the country had the most interactions with Ancient China.
For Mickey Paulssen, making a scape is always an adventure that first takes place in her head. An adventure of possibilities and limitations. The used aquarium for example. Its design often limits the creative challenge. This does not apply to the Superfish QubiQ 30 used here. And the best part is: this aquarium is not only suitable for every scape, but also for every wallet.
Dutch words in Korea and Japanese Language. On August 24, 1609, the feudal ruler of Japan, the shōgun Tokugawa Ieyasu, accorded a group of Dutchmen a pass which allowed them to trade in Japan. This fact as such would not be so noteworthy, were it not that between 1640 and 1854 — a period of … Continue reading Dutch Influences on the Japanese Language: With an Appendix on Dutch Words in Korean | East Asian History
We handpicked for you an impressive collection of ideas and visions all inspired from the Eastern philosophy that explores the connection between nature and human beings. We will commence with the brightest and most mesmerizing examples of traditional Zen Gardens, and we will explore the key elements which compose such gardens. We will also introduce … Continue reading Zen Gardens & Asian Garden Ideas (68 images) – InteriorZine
Read this Korean New Year celebration guide to the best places to spend the New Year's Eve and the New Year's Day in Korea!
Christmas in Japan is definitely a different beast when compared to Western countries. From good gone bad to straight-up quirky, the yuletide season in Japan just isn’t what Westerners envision back home.