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1  ASIA / Japan / Re: How do you write "Mika" in Japanese? on: December 10, 2008 08:09:59 AM
Hi !

It might be a tough choice, but here are a few combination :
the most common choice of kanji for Mika is probably
美花 or 美華, both meaning "beautiful flower"
I did a little research for some other way to write this name, and came up with a few more, like the following :

美夏 ("beautiful summer")
水夏 (a combination of "water" and "summer")
美日 ("beautiful day" or "beautiful sun")
美歌 ("beautiful song" or "beautiful poem")
海夏 (a combination of "sea" and "summer")

These are just a few examples.
Actually there are no limitations to the kanji you could use to write a name in Japanese. Contrary to other types of words, names have this particularity that you can apply any kanji you wish to a given pronunciation. In other words, if you like a certain combination of kanji (because of their meaning or their shape, the number of strokes, etc) you are free to apply them to any phonetic name you want !

Anyway, here I tried to give you a few of the possible ways to write Mika, that are actually used to write this name.
Let me know if any of those inspired you, ok ?!

Have a beautiful day !

2  ASIA / Japan / Re: How do you write "Mika" in Japanese? on: November 11, 2008 08:14:42 PM
Hi !
As you guessed, there is different ways to write the name Mika in Japanese. Mika is usually made from the combination of two Chinese characters (or kanji), one for "mi" and one for "ka". It can be written "beautiful (mi) flower (ka)"、but this is just one of the many possibilities.
Another way to write it is to use hiragana, a syllabic writing system commonly used in Japanese. In this case there is only one way.
Let me know if this was helpful and if you need a particular writing, I'll be happy to help.
Have a nice day !
3  ASIA / Japan / Re: Online bead stores on: September 03, 2008 06:49:49 AM

I think there is probably no Japanese bead store with a proper English website.
I'm a beader myself, living in Japan, and have been ordering online a lot, never finding an English site.
I may have a suggestion though. On major sites like Beads Factory or Kiwa, you could try and send them an email, asking if they'd take your order. This would work best if you know the references (for example : color and shape numbers for delica beads or color name for swarovski) of the items you need of course, but it might be worth a try. Most shops will really try to help, I think.
4  ASIA / Japan / Re: Wanted!! Craft lover in Japan on: September 03, 2008 06:40:15 AM
Hi !

Well I'm not in the Tokyo area, but I'm definitely a crafter in Japan, so I thought I7ll join in !
I used to live near Tokyo, in the Ibaraki prefecture, and come to Tokyo a lot, but I relocated to Kyoto a few months ago.

Hello to you all, crafters !  Cheesy
5  ASIA / Japan / Re: Nagoya on: September 03, 2008 06:26:35 AM
Hi !

I can't really help you about specific groups of crafters, but maybe you could check in a few craft stores, where there is often a few posters for local groups...?

I live in Kyoto now, and don't know of any such (English speaking) groups here either.

Good luck !  Wink
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Art Deco Inspired Choker on: June 05, 2008 08:41:29 AM
Modern and classy !
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: A Lady Ought on: June 05, 2008 08:36:13 AM
Not just fun,
it is simply beautiful !
Love your work.
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Lotus Blossom and Wings on: June 05, 2008 08:32:54 AM
These are gorgeous !!
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: ALL IN ONE - it can be a necklace, a head thingy, a bracelet, a belt on: June 05, 2008 08:30:19 AM
Very sweet !
I like it very much as you wear it, head-band style !
Crochet flowers are pretty but sometimes they can be a bit too much, in this case it's just sweet enough ! Smiley
When (in a distant future probably  Cry) I'll be able to do crochet some myself, I'll probably borrow your idea !
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