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03 September 2013 @ 04:41 pm
I'm home sick for the day hoping that my cold will go away in time for elementary tomorrow and the speech contest on Thursday, and I decided to do something maybe marginally productive. Or... something. At any rate, I was bad about posting photos here for most of the last year, so I decided to show off the uchiwa I've made over the past year! Actually, this isn't all the uchiwa I've made, because yomimashou has changed her favourite for like every group we like, so I've made her like twice as many uchiwa as I've made for myself, but... =___=; Here's my half of the collection, anyway! :D

First up is Chinen! This was the first uchiwa I've made, not counting my rough first attempt two summers ago when I was in Japan on holiday... and therefore it was the most creative. It was originally for the Hey! Say! JUMP 2012 tour in Nagano in August 2012. I'm actually really happy with the heart theme, and yomimashou has the Yamada and Yabu versions, while britkit27 has the Keito version. Sadly, the Yamada version will probably never see the light of day again. =____=; But at any rate, I like this one a lot~

Up next is Marius! This one was a bit of an aesthetic hassle since he doesn't have kanji, and I had to space it out with just katakana. But since it was the second one I made, I was still getting creative |D;; yomimashou has the Kento companion to this, and they were for Summary 201~

Next up is my Yugo ones! Man was the "yu" a bitch XD; I made the "yu" for Bakaleya Summary 2012, but when I got to the Junior Concert in December, I realized that Kishi was also the same Yu, and so before Crea, I made a "go" to go with it. I think they look pretty okay though? Of course at first yomimashou wanted Jesse (which looks really ugly lol, since Jesse is a lot more characters than "Mari") but then changed her mind and wanted Shintaro, so... heck, we just need Juri, Taiga, and Hokuto and we'll have everyone.

Sou! I made Sou for my little sister for the Sexy Zone 2013 New Year's concert, because Sou is her favourite. It matches Mari and yomimashou's Kento. So now we just need Fuma and Shori XD;

Last up is Reia. I made this one in a bit of a hurry before Crea, but I think it came out okay. Maybe I'll add more decoration later. And actually, at the time, yomimashou was afraid of commitment or something, so this is one of a kind, there's no set! XD;

And in case anyone is curious about the process... it takes about 3 hours to make one uchiwa, depending on the complexity. I usually do requests on the back (not pictured) like "do a peace sign!" and stuff, so that takes some time, as well. All the decorations are done in heavy-duty shimmer sticker paper, and I hand cut everything. First, I use photoshop to make a stencil, and print a the kanji or name about 20cm x 25cm (~8in x 10in). Then I cut it out and trace is reversed on the back side of the sticker paper. I only trace the outside of the kanji, and then I trace the negative space on other paper and trace that on the background colour paper. I tape the kanji stencil to the background colour paper and make a general outline for the background. Then I cut all the stickers, and put the negative space onto the kanji and then the kanji onto the background colour. Finally, I stick that onto the uchiwa. :D That takes about an hour and a half, and then the other half of the time is for the background design (which is less nerve wracking and just more time consuming cutting individual hiragana for stuff like "ピースして!")

So... hopefully that was at least somewhat entertaining? I'm pretty proud of them, anyway. ^^; And now, off to feel blah and gross for the rest of the day >__< I try not to be whiny or beg for comments, but... I'm sick and lonely, so if you want to talk to me, I'll be happy... ;A;?
Current Mood: sicksick
Current Music: Hey! Say! JUMP//Beat Line
heartsweet205heartsweet205 on September 3rd, 2013 04:11 am (UTC)
Aw hope you'll be better soon !
I tried to do uchiwa when I went to Japan last summer but it was sooo ugly xD It's pretty difficult to do in fact, more than I thought ! So I'm always almost stunned when I see what some people can do xD
ミランダ (大丈夫): Taiga: uh huhfaded_lace on September 3rd, 2013 04:20 am (UTC)
Thank you. ^^ I'm resting up.

It's really difficult to do without the right tools and some practice, definitely. Without a stencil it's almost impossible to make it look good, and I also was an art student for two years XD;
heartsweet205heartsweet205 on September 3rd, 2013 04:24 am (UTC)
Oh so you're already quite good at these things xD

In fact, we just took some paper but we didn't have anything, not even an idea of what we wanted to do when we arrived in Japan ... It was a bad idea xDD

By the way, how did you arrive there ? By the JET, University, exchange programs, ... ?
ミランダ (大丈夫): Yugo: well?faded_lace on September 3rd, 2013 04:50 am (UTC)
Yeah, I guess I have an unfair advantage XD

Ahh, yeah, I'd suggest buying your supplies in Japan. In fact, at stores like Tokyu Hands, you can even have the people there die-cut the stickers for you! But I like to do it myself so it's more personal. ^^

I came with the JET Programme. ^^ I'm a teacher.
heartsweet205heartsweet205 on September 3rd, 2013 05:53 am (UTC)
Yeah we bought so many things xD In fact we tried these coloured board but it's sooo difficult to cut into it !

Aw I see ^^ I'd like to go to university but it's scary somewhere xD And I'll have to work hard this year
ミランダ (大丈夫): Chinen: musingfaded_lace on September 3rd, 2013 06:01 am (UTC)
I see, I thought you meant you brought things from your home country XD; You'd need an art knife to cut the boards, and even then, it's pretty hard. Sticker paper is much easier!

Go to university in Japan? There are a lot of international programs, so it's definitely possible ^^ Good luck!
heartsweet205heartsweet205 on September 3rd, 2013 06:34 am (UTC)
Yeah but, just some couloured paper but in the end, we didn't use them at all xD Sorry it wasn't clear xD
Yeah ! I still have two of them but, I don't think i'll use them the next time, useless I find the way to cut them properly.
Yeah, I found a perfect one but I just have to work hard ^^'Thank you ~v
ミランダ (大丈夫): Yugo: goldenfaded_lace on September 3rd, 2013 06:39 am (UTC)
Good luck. ^^
heartsweet205heartsweet205 on September 3rd, 2013 06:53 am (UTC)
Thanks ^^
britkit27: ciel heartbritkit27 on September 3rd, 2013 04:58 am (UTC)
You have bamf uchiwa-making skills :D And I had been wondering how you made them so thanks for explaining ^ ^

I hope you're feeling a bit better? D:
ミランダ (大丈夫): Chinen: musingfaded_lace on September 3rd, 2013 05:05 am (UTC)
Thanks. ^^; It's fun and rewarding, but also a huge pain |D;;;

It's hard to say. I just started sweating like crazy randomly, so I wonder if I had a fever without realizing it. o___o;
britkit27: mercury read a bookbritkit27 on September 3rd, 2013 10:53 am (UTC)
|D such are many things in life.

... o___o;; well that's concerning.
ミランダ (大丈夫): Tama: hopefulfaded_lace on September 3rd, 2013 07:50 pm (UTC)
Yeah... who knows. I'm a work now so hopefully I'll be okay.
britkit27: fandom drinks teabritkit27 on September 4th, 2013 04:46 am (UTC)
:< :< :< *frets*

Are you feeling any better?
ミランダ (大丈夫): Fuma: hmmfaded_lace on September 4th, 2013 04:50 am (UTC)
I still have a cough, but that's about it. Hopefully I'll be over it by next Monday. ^^;
britkit27: zomgYAYbritkit27 on September 4th, 2013 05:00 am (UTC)
Neko-Bot: Bad Boys Jnekobot01 on September 3rd, 2013 05:11 am (UTC)
Aw... feel better!! ♥

The cat just woke me up... at 5am so I'll save further comments until after coffee. XD

I am curious about what kinds of things you see on uchiwa--various boys mention them from time to time so I think they do really read them. :)
ミランダ (大丈夫): Kento and Shori: cuddlesfaded_lace on September 3rd, 2013 05:22 am (UTC)
Thanks! And haha, I understand the feeling.

You can see some really specific requests XD It's pretty funny. For example, people often ask Chinen to do a fishing motion, since he likes Ohno, and I know there are a few fans who have banana uchiwas for Kenty. Lots of people just have a name kanji and/or キスして/ピースして/指さして/バンして, etc XD I prefer to have a name because I just want to show my support for them... it's not so much about getting them to notice me or do something special for me, though I am always happy when someone does notice me.
Neko-Botnekobot01 on September 3rd, 2013 09:26 am (UTC)
What's the connection between Kenty and bananas?!

Oh, it would be so fun to go to a JE concert... I think I'd do... "K" in English letters with a heart and then キスしてon the back. ♥

And then get a boy to come with me and carry it so Kenty would get really excited. XDDD
ミランダ (大丈夫): Kento and Shori: cuddlesfaded_lace on September 3rd, 2013 09:32 am (UTC)
Wait, you don't know?! Omg. Kenty is obsessed with bananas. He eats at least one a day and constantly talks about how amazing bananas are. There are countless images and videos of this but this is all I could come up with right now. But seriously, he loves bananas.

It is fun! Though, I'd personally be wary of using English letters since they have to be able to pick it out and know it's for them amongst a sea of thousands of uchiwas, and even someone who likes English like Kento still doesn't speak it as a first language. But I'm sure he'd be thrilled to have more gaijin love |D Since he loves English and all.

Ahaha! That's actually the key to getting Kento's love. I'm working on getting my gay guy friend to come but he's hesitant for some reason |D;
Neko-Botnekobot01 on September 3rd, 2013 09:38 am (UTC)
Haaaaa! I wonder... XDD

JE is really aimed more at women (gay, straight, and everything in between) than gay men but I'm sure there is plenty for them to enjoy, too.

Bananas! I didn't know! Of course, my thoughts are inappropriate but I don't know if there is the same association in Japan.

Kentooooooo! Does he love English? That's cute! Do they all test their conversation skills on Marius? Did you watch Kenty going into raptures over France? And then Sou loving on Harry Potter?
ミランダ (大丈夫): Marius: sweetfaded_lace on September 3rd, 2013 09:43 am (UTC)
Yeah, no, I know, but I keep trying to tell him just to come for the attractive men |D;;; There are "sexy boys" so... guys who like them do exist! XD;

Um. There is definitely the same association, don't worry. As if Kenty couldn't be any more, um, flamboyant.

He does, he thinks he's really good at it but he's not. XD If you watch the Vegas footage on One Sexy Zone and the New York footage on real Sexy!!/Bad Boys, you can see him try to use it. He's tried to talk to Marius, too (one instance I can think of offhand is in the Sexy Zone making) and Marius like... can't even tell what he's trying to say |D;;; But yes. XD Oh Kenty. Sou is adorable though!
Neko-Botnekobot01 on September 3rd, 2013 09:50 am (UTC)
Heee! I've gotten pretty good at speaking ESL at various levels. Did I tell you the story of when I was in NYC and hanging out with some Japanese musicians? Their English was no better than my Japanese but they couldn't speak simply enough for me to understand, you know? But I have enough experience to go from "George Clinton" to "ジョージ・クリントン" if I feel like it will be understood better.

I need to watch all those things~~ ♥ I'm working my way through the JE butais right now. What do you think of Tackey? I like him as a producer but I'm very underwhelmed with him as a singer/dancer/performer. In the Takizawa Kabuki from 2010, Yara just PWNS him every time he's on stage. As do quite a few of the other juniors...
ミランダ (大丈夫): Jun: thougtfulfaded_lace on September 3rd, 2013 07:45 pm (UTC)
I read about it on your LJ. ^^; A lot of my relatives don't speak much English, and I do speak much Chinese, so I've been doing that all my life XD; But Marius is only 11 and probably doesn't have that much experience, since English isn't even his first language.

Yeah, I noticed XD I'm not much of a butai person myself, though I am going to see Dream Boys. Tackey... I mostly feel sorry for him. I think that he's really talented at what he does in terms of organization and having an idea that he pulls together through various aspects of performing/costuming/music, etc, and I honestly don't think he's a worse performer than most Johnny's of his age bracket, but... there's always the insecurity looming there that makes me just feel bad for him. I don't know if you know his whole history? But his dad left his family when he was a kid and he took it really hard, and since then it seems like he just sort of really wants to be loved and has abandonment issues, and I think he makes it hard on himself both in a personal and professional setting.
exoticsjexoticsj on September 3rd, 2013 05:13 am (UTC)
I hope you are feeling okay!!Get well soon!!! :)

And at last..i have the chance to read on how to make the beautiful uchiwas!Yours are so amazing!I ♥ it!!Btw..i love to read the comments..and you are a teacher in japan?

ミランダ (大丈夫): Chinen: musingfaded_lace on September 3rd, 2013 05:23 am (UTC)
Thanks! ^^

And thanks, I'm glad you think so! Also glad to provide any help, since I know when I first started I was really lost. XD;; And yes, I am an English teacher, I live about 2 hours outside of Tokyo.
S: Kento is ridiculousyomimashou on September 3rd, 2013 06:55 am (UTC)
This is a seriously badass uchiwa collection XD Sorry that I suck at having favorites... and lol with my history, it's probably good for me to be afraid of commitment |D;;;

I hope you feel better, though ;A;
ミランダ (大丈夫): Fuma: hmmfaded_lace on September 3rd, 2013 07:22 am (UTC)
Thanks |D;; It always seems bigger than it is somehow. But yeah, that's true, I guess |D;;;

Thanks ;____;