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Topic: Finding Japanese Craft Books - a guide  (Read 4034 times)
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« on: January 20, 2006 03:24:07 AM »

Hi Craftsters,

I'm not in the lucky position of being able to buy a lot of Japanese craft books, but I do love looking at the Flickr stream for ideas, and checking out Crafting Japanese for what people are making.

However, for those of you who are in a purchasing position, some of the info below might be helpful. Basically, you can find a lot more items if you search using Japanese characters, either the Kanji (漢字 - the complicated symbols) or the Hiragana/Katakana - (ぬいぐるみ).

I've done a more detailed post about this on my blog, and I'm going to keep updating the word list there. I'll try to remember to do it here as well, and if you have any word requests please let me know below!

I recommend searching with Google.co.jp (and then clicking images to see if you're hitting the right topic), then going back and exploring, or Amazon.co.jp

Kanji   Hiragana/KatakanaRomajiEnglish
雑貨ざっかzakkageneral merchandise
刺し子さしこsashiko   quilting/sashiko
小芥子こけしkokeshi   kokeshi doll
縫いぐるみぬいぐるみnuigurumistuffed doll or toy
いとitothread or yarn
-ホームメイド or ホームメードhomumeido   homemade
-バッグbaggu   bag
-ソックスsokkusu   socks
-トートバッグtotobaggu   tote bag
-ファブリックfaburikku   fabric
-コットンタイムkotton taimuCotton Time

Note: Hiragana is phonetic spelling out of Japanese words. Katakana (the squarer symbols) are used for foreign loan-words, many of which are English. If you say "sokkusu", really fast and de-emphasise the 'u' at the end, it does sound a lot like 'socks'!

ps. if you can't see the characters above, but just a lot of weird stuff, try doing this:
Firefox: View -> Character Encoding -> select 'Unicode (UTF-8)
IE: sorry, seems like you can see Kanji with Unicode selected, but you may need to install the Japanese language pack to see the Hiragana /Katakana?  Might be simpler to just install Firefox!  Cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2006 06:23:46 AM »

Thank you thank you thank you!!!! for the translations.

I've hazards guesses, but I'm never sure.

With my luck I would be looking at what I thought was skirts or something and it turns out to be how to make your own flaming goats.

« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2006 11:03:42 AM »

thanks for this link. Very cool!  Grin

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