January 5, 2011

That Spacey Feeling & Kirin Ichiban

So much for starting off the new year right. For the last two days my creative goal was to finally turn 2 Japanese beer cans into jewelry. The cans are beautiful and would make really interesting pieces. However, I still feel like crap and my head is all spacey feeling. When I am sick or feeling blue, I just don't have the energy to be very creative or to do much of anything.

Ugh. There they are staring at me, all dusty yet eagerly awaiting transformation. My good friend Penny took me out to lunch over a year ago to "celebrate" being laid off at the end of the day. We ended up at a new
Japanese eatery in town, very nice atmosphere and amazing food. Just for the hell of it we decided to order Japanese beer: Kirin Ichiban. The size was unexpected, whole pint, and the decoration on the cans inspiring. I even had the waitresses collecting extra cans for me. I envision a domed ring with a rivet in the center, or perhaps a bracelet with several links of sheet metal with clippings from decorated cans attached to them also with rivets or sewn with wire. Perhaps a little research into Kirin is needed.

What is a Kirin? According to Wikipedia
A kirin is the Japanese name for a mythical creature also known as a Qilin. Japanese art tends to depict the Qilin as more deer-like than in Chinese art. Alternatively, it is depicted as a dragon shaped like a deer, but with an ox's tail instead of a lion's tail.Although it looks fearsome, the Qilin only punishes the wicked. It can walk on grass yet not trample the blades and it can also walk on water. As it is a peaceful creature, its diet does not include flesh. It takes great care when it walks never to tread on any living thing, and it is said to appear only in areas ruled by a wise and benevolent leader (some say even if this area is only a house). It is normally gentle but can become fierce if a pure person is threatened by a sinner, spouting flames from its mouth and exercising other fearsome powers that vary from story to story.
  Well, from the description of Kirin we picked the perfect beer to celebrate my liberation. Okay time to create.

1 comment:

BJS said...

By the way, the beer is very tasty!