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Re: Rice paper for lampshade?
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Good call, found several vendors.

Posted on: 2014/12/8 14:34
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Rice paper for lampshade?
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So I have a couple floor lamps that have a wax-coated, rice paper folded into a box shape that sits on top of the lightbulb. If you Google, "Asian floor lamp" it should pop up. Anyway, I lost the lampshade when I moved, I've searched extensively for a replacement, looks like I'm gonna have to make one.

Does anybody have any idea what I'm talking about and maybe have some advice? Regular paper is not sturdy enough to stand up within the frame of the lamp, hence the wax or mylar coating on the original.

Posted on: 2014/12/2 3:31
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Re: Dojo location Savannah, GA
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Still looking, in case anyone is in the area, moving, just visiting or whatever. A competent Shidoshi could establish a presence down here.

Posted on: 2014/9/14 23:38
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Re: Ryu-ha or not so much?
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Part of me wishes there was a more standardized training curriculum across the board for all dojos to follow at least loosely but each dojo has the discretion to transmit Soke's teachings as they see fit, and in accordance with their understanding of them and ability to translate the material of the ryu to the best of their ability.

Unfortunately due to the inherent nature of the art, being that it evolves constantly with time and is not restricted to any fixed "system" or "way" of conducting class/training, every dojo and Shidoshi will vary somewhat in the way they teach a particular ryu.

I would like to see a standardized collection of the 9 ryu-ha, fundamental kata and waza which each Shidoshi is responsible for making sure at least their Dan level students have a thorough understanding of so that when traveling or training in different places with different people, everyone would at least have a solid common background of training and education that would ensure everyone can train together and learn more efficiently. Of course, these existed centuries ago and were transmitted in secret scroll form to prevent the mass production and replication of the art, thereby turning it into a strip mall commercial franchise.

Then again I hope such a "manual" is not published at the same time so as to protect the art from being exploited by anyone who wants to order it off Amazon. There are already enough bookshelves and DVD racks full of mass produced garbage that people have consumed in recent decades which make BJK look ridiculous.

I was taught concepts, kata, waza, techniques and tactics of each ryu, but not so much in an organized and progressive manner, mainly because I move a lot and do not take after any specific teacher's "way". And certainly not to a degree where I feel capable of articulating the precise differences of each ryu for every movement or technique.

Not being a teacher, this is just my .02¢

Posted on: 2014/6/2 11:57
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Re: Masaaki Hatsumi: Dojo Art
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I got in touch with Steve I'm good to go.

Posted on: 2014/4/17 10:16
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Re: Masaaki Hatsumi: Dojo Art
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Sounds great, I've moved since ordering though hopefully it hasn't shipped to my old address. I didn't get any email asking to confirm addresses again since the delay in publishing....

Posted on: 2014/4/15 12:25
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Re: Yamakiri - Warrior of the mist Novel
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I tried to write a book once, proofreader said it lacked direction, was vague and characters were not fully developed, too many details omitted didn't gratify the reader and had too many plotholes. Then I told her it was supposed to be an autobiography.

Posted on: 2014/4/5 7:02
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Re: Yamakiri - Warrior of the mist Novel
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Black Dove was great, ill gladly purchase a copy of the sequel.

Posted on: 2014/4/4 21:54
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Re: Home Project: Shadowbox
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Worthy of a proper housing.
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Start by measuring: 50in x 14in
Cut 80x2in pine wood planks down to correct lengths for top, bottom and sides for the frame, about $5 each, needed 2.
Also cut 3 planks of pine for backing, 6x36in down to proper width. $5.29 each and I needed 3.
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Metal-prong wood joiners hammered in to hold pieces together, then screwed with 1.5in flathead wood screws to hold firmly. $4 for a package of wood joiners and screws.
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Wood was cut for free in the store but I bought a $10 hacksaw to make adjustments since the cuts weren't perfect. This was a bitch to do by hand but didn't take long, 45min for about 9 cuts total.

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Frame is complete, picked out a stain "Red Mohogany", $4.79 for a pint (enough to stain 2 full size doors, much more than I needed).

2 pieces of 36x18 in foam posterboard from Office Depot, $2.99 each. Cut into pieces to fit inside frame, affixed tp pine backing using double sided tape, $4.99 for 1 role.
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I didn't take pics during the actual staining, did about 3 coats over 4 days.
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Couldn't find black construction paper or matting anywhere in town in the correct size and wanted to make the backing without seams so I had to order an entire 50 foot roll of paper for $19.99 plus $9.99 shipping to my front door from Office Depot. (Most expensive part)
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Traced over the frame with an exacto knife (razor) to get the general rectangle out of the roll, then measured the interior of the frame 49 3/4in by 13 5/8in, took 3 tries to cut the paper perfect to fit inside, I still have about 40ft of black paper roll remaining...this was the hardest part but the exact knife was perfect for precision cuts.

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Once paper backing was perfect fit inside against foam backing I adhered it using a Elmer's glue spray-adhesive $3.29 per bottle (another addition to the random chemical and cleaner collection under the kitchen sink).
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Flipped it over once dried (1 hour) and hammered in a frame holder, kit with about 100 assorted frame holders and nails cost about $7.00 and I've used it for everything hanging on a wall in my place with about 90 extras.
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Scroll held in place (free hanging) on two map pins I had laying around (will change these to nails driven through backing into the pine planks to better support the weight).
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Scroll is secure, frame is rigid, stain is dry, up it goes on the wall.
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Precision measurements ensure scroll sits lightly on bottom without putting slack on the paper and making wrinkles or bulges.
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A fine addition to my living space.
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Not sure why photos and text are cut off in the thread but click on the photo itself to get the full shot.

Another angle.
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Better angle.
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Better than spending $250+shipping on the internet.
Maybe add a glass or acrylic dust cover next.

Posted on: 2014/3/23 12:00
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Home Project: Shadowbox
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I'm pretty sure everyone goes through a lull in their training due to work, family, location or other circumstances. So in these situations what can you do besides practicing kamae or reading up on BJK literature and viewing training DVDs? One answer which I found to be very rewarding was building my own shadowbox for the washi painting Soke made for me 4 years ago when I first visited Japan. I'll post photos I took throughout the process of what I was able to create in about 8 hours with $75 in supplies you can get at Home Depot or Lowe's. Hopefully others can use this as a rough guide to create one of your own to preserve and display your own dojo art.

Posted on: 2014/3/23 10:26
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