So many cool new words and terms in one short story that I’ll put it into two posts!
Japanese raccoon dog that looks like a raccoon but isn’t (or even close biologically)
Scandinavian practice of putting a tree or wreath on top of a new house and building to appease tree spirits, as if to say “thank you” to the forest for the wood used
Huge gaps in the middle of Southeast Asian skyscrapers to allow dragons to fly through from ocean to mountains.
Now this is a slightly crazy looking, but fun, concept that is taken very seriously!
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From my pajama dress pants muslin pattern, I removed the curvature from the hip to waist to make it go straight up on the pattern for these tennis shorts. I also chopped off the leg lengths, obviously. But imagine that! Dress pants turned to tennis shorts!
The Dragon Dance is a traditional Chinese dance performed at festivals. I captured this with my GoPro cam at the Hong Kong Market on January 28th, 2012, for Chinese New Year. It happens to be the Chinese Year of the Dragon.
I was recently in Houston, Texas, to enjoy the Chinese New Year full on given the large Southeast Asian community there. This was a lion dance video I captured with my GoPro Cam while I was there on January 28th. While it was going on, they also lit a whole whack of “mouse” firecrackers, which were supposedly “quiet” relative to the real big stuff they use in Asia. Unfortunately, I couldn’t simulate it for you because even if you turned your stereo up full blast, it would not be as loud as these “mouse” firecrackers!