Tuesday, April 23, 2013

How to Wash a Japanese Yukata

Japanese Yukata, also known as the "casual kimono" is a highly versatile traditional Japanese clothing. It is distinguished for its light fabric and casual design, and while renowned as a summer robe, it can actually be worn at different times of the year as a bath robe, summer robe, travel robe, or a summer kimono on your trip to Japan.

One of the ways to keep your Japanese yukata looking clean and good as new is by washing it properly, and Kimonoholic Tina helps us on this with the following tips:

Monday, April 22, 2013

Happy Earth Day 2013

Image Credits: EarthDay2013Pictures.com

In honor of Earth Day 2013, so I'm giving us Asian crafts and Asian products that we can make and are made from recycled materials.

Origami Cranes

Image Credit: PhotographyBlogger.net: 21 Creative Origami Pictures

They say that folding a thousand origami cranes and hanging them on your wedding can make your wedding wish for a lifetime of happiness come true. Crane birds are considered as a mythical creature in the Chinese culture and they are believed to be a symbol for happiness and loyalty.

Image Credits: How to Origami Crane Mobile.

Recycled Handbags, Wallets, and Purses

Left: Doybags Philippines Woven Recycled Juice Pack Bag. InspirationGreen.com
Right: Recycled Cosmetic Travel Bags, $25.50: AsianIdeas.com

Left: Recycled Tote Bags, $28.00. AsianIdeas.com
Right: Recycled Rice Bag Wallet, $18.00: AsianIdeas.com

Recycled Lanterns

Left: Recycled Cocktail Umbrella Lanterns from Paper & Twin Crafty Design.
Right: Recycled Tin Star Lantern from Thailand. AsianIdeas.com

Recycled Jewelry

Finally, my favorite:

Recycled Necklace and Bag made from soda tabs. Kultura Filipino.

So, which one do you like best? Know more recycled products from Asia? Tell me more about them on the comment box. Happy Earth Day 2013, everyone!:)

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Asian Garden Decorating

Image courtesy: Chicago Home+Garden: Designer Matt Lorenz Designs an Elegant, Family-friendly Home in Lake View

Just when you thought that a tranquil space within your city home is hard to achieve, this Matt Lorenz Design side yard as featured on Chicago Home+Garden Magazine sends a moving inspiration that an outdoor space where you can be one with nature and where you can savor the feeling of being in an Asian garden in the West is at all possible.

With this brilliant garden masterpiece's brimming beauty, recreating it, somehow, seems to be a DIY challenge, but these Asian home decor and Asian garden decorations tell us that we can give it a shot:

L-R: Wisteria Chinese Garden Stool, $129; Waterproof Shoji Screen, eShoji.com

L-R: Keter Corfu Patio Love Seat, $128.24;: Sears; 7-Tier Bamboo Pyramids, $60.00: AsianIdeas.com

Giving your outdoor space an Asian twist is also quick and easy with these Asian garden decor and design ideas on how to use them for your Asian outdoor decorating:

Pagoda Candle Holder.

Asian Garden with a pagoda candle lantern-lit Chinese bridge from The Style & Design of Dean Yoder.
To try: Yukiwa Pagoda Candle Lantern, $176.00: AsianIdeas.com

Asian Pagodas are, typically, the place to find the most beautiful Asian gardens, and they rise across Asia, inevitably turning simple outdoor spaces from simple to picturesque. You can bring the idea of a garden made grand by an Asian pagoda to your home by decorating a pagoda candle holder. They are usually able to withstand both the heat and cold of summer and winter and can work as a garden accent or as a walkway light.

Zen Garden.

Image courtesy: Garden Mentors on Houzz.com To try: Petite Zen Garden, $6.00: AsianIdeas.com

Give your outdoor space a touch of zen, or a view that transmits a feeling of tranquility at any time of the day, by reserving a space for it for a sand-and-stone zen garden. To make: Fill a garden space with white sand or pebbles, rake it to make wave-like patterns, and arrange the stones on it neatly. You can also opt for tabletop zen gardens and make it a habit each day by drawing your thoughts on your tabletop Japanese zen garden.

Asian-Style Garden Bird Feeder

Left: Hanging Pagoda Bird Feeder, $17.50: AsianIdeas.com
Right: Avant Garden Cupola Wild Bird Feeder, $6.00: Sears

Delight the cheerful, chirping birds that visit your garden with Asian-style bird feeders that can be hung like a tiny home from the branch of a tree or sit at your garden like a mini fountain. Asian bird feeders are typically made of wood, so right to give your tiny visitors a cool, temporary shelter during the warm summer months and frequently stylish enough to grace your yard with colors and style.

Candle Lanterns.

Left: Emperor's Teardrop Candle Lantern, $21.50: AsianIdeas.com
Right: Black Scrollwork Moroccan Candle Lantern, $8.00: AsianIdeas.com

Achieve the nostalgic nature of the Asian gardens at night by illuminating the walkways, garden tables, and dark corners with the golden, soft, and warm glow of candle lights. Asian candle lanterns are typically designed with glass walls or carved metal panels so your candle's flame is protected from being extinguished by the outdoor breeze, plus they make for a decorative Asian garden decor during the day.

Chinese Lanterns.

Fuchsia paper lanterns set the mood for a colorful evening by the poolside. AsianIdeas.com Party Lanterns

Give your outdoor space a soft and warm glow of light at night with the help of Chinese lanterns or Chinese paper lanterns. They come in a great variety of colors, shapes, sizes, and styles, and materials, like nylon, which withstand the outdoor weather.

Water Fountain.

Left: Zen garden with Fountain and Buddha Statue Building a House: Front Patio Ideas
Right: Hand of Buddha Fountain, $50.00: AsianIdeas.com

According to a Chinese folk tale, having a water fountain on the East of the house helps to keep the family healthy, it invites prosperity when placed on the southeast, and fosters a successful career when placed on the north. Water fountains do not only make for a beautiful addition to every indoor or outdoor garden, the sound of flowing water specially amps up its relaxing ambiance.

Final Tip:

Reward yourself with an outdoor space that is ready to nestle you at the end of the day or during the weekends with the relaxing touch of nature. Remember: Simplicity is key and arrange your Asian garden accessories in such a way that allows the positive flow of chi.

Asian garden inspiration from Atlanta Water Gardens.