Japan Antique- an Introduction
The life in Japan before was not that easy and people were not given a choice but to live their life in a day to day basis with very little and limited resources in their household. For instance, a household may have had a few clothing, a small chest, or few kitchen utensils. Because of poverty, even these things are repeatedly broken; they just end up fixing it over and over until they were beyond repair.
In contrary to the lives of the poor, the upper class continued to enjoy a joyful life filled with arts and culture. The elegant and sophisticated artworks were also made by highly respected and skilled craftsmen. In which you will see their dedication to their crafts. This tradition has been passed on from generation to generation unchanged. Examples of these sophisticated artworks are flower vases, scrolls, tea bowls, iron kettles, incense burners, and even musical instruments.
Japanese antiques are being admired, fascinated, collected and studied as they can be one of the link to Japan’s rich culture and engaging history. Two characteristic of a Japanese antique is its flawlessly beautiful and impeccably maintained craftsmanship. In addition to that, the antiques are also made by focusing much attention to intricate details. These are the few reasons why Japanese antiques are being envied in the market today.
Most archaeologists believe that the earliest Japanese culture can be traced back as far as 100,000 years. A glimpse into the history of Japanese antiques will further explain to us why they are so valuable. Many Japanese bronze and iron tools are from the Yayoi Period. This is the period where Japan’s agricultural development started. Yomon period came next, where the Japanese art of ningyo originated. Ningyo are the traditional Japanese dolls. These dolls could mean or represent different image for them. I t can be their children, heroes, gods, demons, or even fairytale characters. These dolls, are still available in the market nowadays sold by some reputable antique collectors. Another popular antique from Japan are their swords. The two swords that were sent as present to the queen of China, Queen Himeko are the two most famous swords on record in Japan. Eventually, many more iron swords were then imported from China to Japan.
Today, the perplexing craftsmanship involved in making these crafts like the dolls, swords and any other Japanese antiques is the reason why these things are so valuable and much coveted to be added to anyone’s collection. Some valuable antiques can be bought from antique dealers and auction services.
Fine China Art- Naturally Beautiful China Wares
China’s art, which has rooted from the emergence of it culture, has influenced the world of today. The beauty of the Chinese art crafts is not only manifested by its looks, but the quality of material being used to make it very durable making it last hundreds and hundreds of year.
The early art from china may be made from high quality jade to the finest potteries of clay and also bronze. The most famous among Chinese crafted arts are the porcelain works. Because of its very defined and high quality it is still popular in the modern eras you can see.
The term “china ware” of today is the exactly derived from the concept of China’s art of pottery- porcelain. These fine pieces of art works are very famous to bringing in lavish elegance on every occasion. China wares are what most people [refer to have in their kitchen sets or tea party sets.
The technology used in Chinese porcelains may be diversified from the elegantly black-glossed wares down to the splendid white ceramics. Anyone who might look at these pieces in display will be allured to its majestic beauty. Such art is worth to be displayed in an elegant room to add beauty and aura to the space.
Anyone who knows how to appreciate the natural beauty of these Chinese made arts will surely be fascinated and would want to have one.
Such porcelains would not be crafted into art without the artistry and the mastery of the craftsman. It would be very impossible to produce such products if one would not go though vast training and improve his skill on the creation of the art.
However Chinese porcelains would require care as porcelains are delicate and as we know, these beautiful art works could not afford to stay in one piece when dropped in a solid ground. same goes with the antique porcelains. That is why you should be very careful when handling one, just make sure it won’t fall on the ground and break.
Some collectors of china wares would spend a huge amount just to satisfy their love for the art. Often much, they would go to auctions and bid for a set or two. Of course, antique porcelains would cost much compared to the new ones. Only a true art appreciator and antique collectors would understand the logic on the value placed before each china ware.
Trivia on Wine
Wines have played a great role in history. As you read in books, every feast offers a wine. Every time someone has to celebrate for something that has happened, a wine toast is the most common thing to do.
There are people with a unique set of skills, making them very good in identifying wines by just smelling, staring and tasting it. They may be able to tell what kind and how old a wine is and might even tell how much alcohol content is present.
Wine is indeed a very famous drink suitable for every meal and every occasion. I have here few more facts about wine that some might not know.
Did you know that in Greece, long time ago, the first person allowed to have the very first sip of the wine in an occasion is the host? Yes, it is true! This is one way of telling the guests that the wine is safe and not poisoned.
Have you ever wondered what makes red wine red and white wines white? This is basically because red wines, upon fermenting, gets the color of the grape peel extracted. White wines, on the other hand, are fermented without the grape skin.
The Roman women on early times were not allowed to drink wine. If ever they are caught by their husbands drinking wine, the husband has the freedom of choice to kill her.
Scientifically proven, wine, If drank regularly, can have the effect of reducing risks of Alzheimer’s disease, gum disease, heart disease and also stroke.
Aside from these benefits, wines can also cause the contraction of specific kinds of cancer cells in the digestive track, especially in the esophagus. Also the slight increase in breast cancer risk may occur. But these cases rarely happen.
Romans had the discovery that when lead is being mixed with wine, it will not just aid in preserving the drink, but also, it can provide a sweet taste. Of course, lead poisoning followed in Rome because of that.
Resveratrol, a substance that may improve the cardio vascular effects, is found in red wines. So red wines has greater medical advantages compared to white wine.
Wine along with food may often have exciting synergy effect. This is actually a third flavor that cannot be found on wine alone or just food alone. This only comes out when food and wine are taken in together.