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[Vector] Made in Japan Volume 7 : Hannya Mask 「般若」

Made in Japan Volume 7 is here

This time i’ll show and explain to all of you, about Hannya Mask 「般若」. Hannya mask is one of the mask from Noh theater, it easy to recognize because it possesses two sharp bull-like horns, metallic eyes, and a leering mouth split from ear to ear,  but most of people outside Japan didn’t know the name of the mask they just know the shape of the mask.

The Hannya mask portrays the souls of women who have become demons due to obsession or jealousy, Japanese people believe this kind of mask is really live, it can show different kind of emotion when we tilt it up and down. The Hannya mask is said to be demonic and dangerous but also sorrowful and tormented, displaying the complexity of human emotions. When the actor looks straight ahead, the mask appears frightening and angry; when tilted slightly down, the face of the demon appears to be sorrowful, as though crying. In Japan and Western Hannya mask is a famous image for tattoo, represent brave, and dangerous of the tattoo owner.

There’s 3 kind of skin tone for hannya mask, White, Red, and darkest Red nearly Black. White represent aristocrat woman, Red represent low-class woman, and Darkest Red represent true demons / oni.

[made in japan] Hannya Mask

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[Vector] Made in Japan Volume 5 : Nintendo「任天堂」

Made in Japan Volume 5

Well, i don’t need to explain this time, every children from 80’s and 90’s will know this console. The nintendo gaming platform.

based on timeline : NES [Nintendo Entertainment System / 1985] . SNES [Super Nintendo Entertainment System / 1991]  .  Nintendo64 [1996] . Nintendo Game Cube [2002] . Nintendo Wii [2006] . Nintendo Wii U [2012]

Made in Japan Volume 5 : Nintendo 「任天堂」

Made in Japan Volume 5 : Nintendo 「任天堂」

By the way i put the pixelate mario in the corner, to represent one of the famous character in Nintendo history

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[Vector] Made in Japan Volume 4 : Uchikake 「内掛け」

Made in Japan Volume 4 is here

Its time for Japanese fashion, the Uchikake 「内掛け」. Well before that, i will ask you, everyone knows Kimono right ? So Uchikake is a type of Kimono, a Kimono for a bride, in western its like a wedding gown. The form is like Furisode 「振袖」with long sleeved, but furisode only worn by unmarried woman in Seijin Shiki [The coming age ceremonies], or worn by unmarried female relatives of the bride at weddings and wedding receptions.

Using Uchikake is more complicated than furisode, there’s a lot part that need to tied inside the Kakeshita, lot of decoration and detail.  Usually the color of  uchikake is White, but there’s a lot of color beside white, such as Red, Black, Gold, and Blue, like furisode, there so much motif for uchikake, like crane, sakura, pines, flowing water, fish, and many more.

But unlike furisode, the bottom of Uchikake is padded to trail along the floor, so when the woman bride walk, they need to lift the lower part of uchikake.

Uchikake

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[Vector] Made in Japan Volume 3 : Geta

Made in Japan Volume 3 is here

 It’s time for ‘Geta’ 「下駄」. Geta is a resemble of Wooden clogs and flip flops, with elevated wooden base and a fabric thong to make our feet had a strong grip to the geta itself. Usually geta worn with Kimono, but sometimes in summer Japanese peoples use it with Yukata (Kimono for summer) or with modern T-shirt. Not only in summer, geta also used in winter or in rain, because the wood can make our feet keep dry. There’s 6 type of Geta, depend on the height and form of the wooden base, but Japanese people usually used geta with 2 wooden base and 5 cm height.

Geta

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[Vector] Made in Japan Volume 2 : Samurai Kabuto

Made in Japan Volume 2 is here. Volume 1 is Gundam a famous anime about future and robot.

This time in “Made in Japan Volume 2” I bring an ancient history of Japan, a fragmented history about warrior in Japan, usually called as Samurai. It’s “Kabuto”, Kabuto literally meaning is Helmet, a helmet that weared by a Samurai in a war. Every samurai family and landlord had their characteristic in their kabuto, usually can be seen in upper part to forehead, every family put “Mon” or family crest to show the characteristic of their family.

there is a 14 types of Kabuto. Kabuto is not only use as a helmet, but it has a symbolic role. Such as this

「勝って兜のおお絞めよ」Katte Kabuto no oo shimeyo : Tighthen your kabuto after winning the war. It means don’t lower you effort after reaching your goal

Kabuto no Samurai

Made in Japan Volume 3 is in progress

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[Vector] Made in Japan Volume 01 . Gundam

Made in Japan Volume 01 . GundamNew vector art from me, well, i’ll try to make this vector in series, with the same theme “Made in Japan”. The idea is simple, i’ll show the traditional and modern culture of Japan in vector art as simple and as Japanese design look a like as i can. So this is the Volume .01 : Gundam

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