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I just emerged from one of those endless related-image spirals at Ffffound. [*BLINKS*]

So, I couldn’t find a photo or a drawing of an ao no matter what, and the Wikipedia page is empty. PAIN. Which is compounded by the fact that in modern Japanese "襖" means "sliding screen" (with a different reading, of course). I found this nice-looking page of animuesqe drawings of medieval Japanese garments, which seems to suggest that "ao" is the general term for any number of articles of clothing which have sleeves that are separate from the front of the garment — but I don’t know if that’s true, even assuming I read it correctly, and I couldn’t bring myself to link it up. Because if it’s wrong, you know someone somewhere will eventually complain. I think I had people rising from the dead to whine that I’d missed some vital element of the metaphors inherent in Fay’s coat buttons, back in the day. Not that I’m bitter.

Anyway, I have just updated my translation of Rashoumon to accommodate Jamie’s incredible suggestions, so it is much, much better now than it was. By miles. Naked-man comics, here I come! (In a manner of speaking.)

DreamWidth keeps giving me codes, even though nobody I know wants them. Do you want them? Do you know anybody who wants them? If no one wants them I’ll post them to [site community profile] dw_codesharing.

I recently started following this tumblr, because it has photos of bunnies and cakes and retarded-looking himegyaru who have voluntarily disfigured themselves with adult-sized Hello Kitty toddler rompers and circle lenses. Um. Does that title say "kanji kana mixed sentence"? Why would it say that? Is that some famous quote from a movie or something? Because that would be kind of hot.

Almost Christmas!

Ao pictures

Date: 2010-12-24 05:50 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Were you thinking more like these? (Sorry, I don't know how to put these links in besides copy/paste for an anonymous account. Dreamwidth says they will be unclickable anyway.)

Anyway! This is Lark again. I still lurk, ha, if you remember me.

Also, Merry Christmas! Even though it's a bit early for that.

Re: Ao pictures

Date: 2010-12-26 02:47 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Haha, I just never know if someone remembers me, seeing as I show up only once in a blue moon.
Actually, sure, I'll take one. I'm told that I need to start a blog, and I've never really liked LiveJournal or anything. I take it DW is at least better than LJ?

No problem! I actually just went to regular old Google, and I have checked that I want Chinese and Japanese results to be included under preferences. Lots of screen doors, but also lots of padded coats.

Pff, I probably should have remembered that from highschool. I kept looked at the allowed HTML under the preview box and couldn't find URL. Silly me. I've been using BBcode too long. Thanks, though. : ) I'll use that from now on.

Re: Ao pictures

Date: 2010-12-28 01:19 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
D'aww. Haha. You make me blush.

They must be handing those out like candy. I suppose Christmas is when a lot of people start blogs or something?
Anyway, you can send the code to I don't get on IM often because I tend to get mobbed by people when I do, ha.

The ao is a padded jacket, of sorts (or at least I've been made to understand). Started in China and then spawned a bunch of similar clothes in Korea, Japan, etc. I also got a lot of screens when I looked, but no porn! Thank god. My filter is even off. Maybe that is Google's new influenced search methods at work.

I wish I had $5 to spend, and I would likely get that (or $15, as it is now). Unfortunately, my funds are currently tied to grad school applications. :( I will keep it in mind, though!

Re: Ao pictures

Date: 2010-12-31 03:06 am (UTC)
laimashousecat: cartoon kitty sleeping with face down (Default)
From: [personal profile] laimashousecat
Hi! This is me now! Thank you for the code!

Haha, at least it isn't something that needed a grievous amount of thought to decide? (Sorry, I like to remain optimistic.) (You are avoiding those annoying people!)

Well, it seems to have changed a little throughout the years (you get lots of modern padded coats if you Google it now), but the kanji's original meaning is "padded coat." I have no idea how that transformed into folding screen.

Ah, the old Google game. How many pages until you hit porn. The new layout makes that a little more difficult, though. You could hold records, haha.

It's hard, you know? Especially when I go into a bookstore... :|

Re: Ao pictures

Date: 2011-01-01 01:58 pm (UTC)
laimashousecat: cartoon kitty sleeping with face down (Default)
From: [personal profile] laimashousecat
Thank you! It's unfortunate that I have no idea where I got it from. I have about a thousand icons, haha.

I had to learn to be not nice, unfortunately. I still can't help trying to help an anti-feminist out of their opinion with facts, though. What a discussion that was.

Hahaha, as likely as any other! Maybe shouji paper was what they used for the padding?

I haven't heard of Sara Gruen before, but in a line up like that, I will have to consider myself lucky. Or, as my sister says, I should consider myself out of a good laugh.

Re: Ao pictures

Date: 2011-01-05 11:36 pm (UTC)
laimashousecat: cartoon kitty sleeping with face down (Default)
From: [personal profile] laimashousecat
This one tried very hard to argue contextually after saying that she "enjoyed discussions like this," and then left me high and dry after only about 2 responses. Right after she told me that now men were fighting for their rights and being discriminated against, although besides child custody, she never specified how.

Ahahaha! It looks like all of her books are "A Novel." The synopsis certainly reads like one of those teenage-angst shows where all the actors are supposed to be 15 and look like they're 25, except this time in reverse. Either way, I think I'll save my eyeballs (and my cash) on better, actual literature. Thanks for warning me!