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Announcements / Re: Shutting Down on 6/30
« Last post by Jestyn on June 17, 2021, 12:06:24 am »
An end of era huh? Well I guess it's been years already since people stopped posting on forums, most already moved on to using modern social media platforms, and given that this place has been dead for so long, it's really impressive that this place has stayed here till now, so yea it's definitely time to call it quits I guess. Thanks for everything.
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Announcements / Re: Shutting Down on 6/30
« Last post by ketaro on June 15, 2021, 09:41:31 pm »
No worries CD <3

ketaro appreciates everything you've done~!
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Announcements / Shutting Down on 6/30
« Last post by CDeLorme on June 15, 2021, 05:24:33 pm »
Hello Friends,

It's been a long time since I actively did anything, both for the site or with the community.

I'm attempting to consolidate servers to reduce my overhead, and since the version of SMF is ancient it wouldn't be a simple matter of migrating to a new box.

As such, I'm planning to shut down the servers at the end of the month.

I apologize for any trouble this causes, and wish the best to everyone who was marooned here for as long as it stood.

Cheers,

Casey DeLorme
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General Discussion / Re: My Ultimate Otaku Room Project
« Last post by Jestyn on May 20, 2021, 01:13:46 am »
So I guess your room is only 4.5 mats large (less the tokonoma and entryway space.) Given that they are a standard size, it's a good thing your room had the perfect dimensions.  I was surprised that you couldn't find the tatami mats somewhere in Canada so you didn't have to import them yourself.
There's actually some gaps on corners left after installing the tatami so to fill the gap my relative slap some woods on the corners. But yea my room was indeed small nontheless.

And actually yea, we do have tatami here in canada but i find them kinda expensive, I found a better deal in amazon japan. :P

Kinda ironic though shortly after the renovation, the pandemic breaks out probably about a month or two and it was a close call because had it happen while my room isn't done, it probably would've hindered the shipment of tatami mats. It's was really amazing how world has changed in a short time.
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General Discussion / Re: My Ultimate Otaku Room Project
« Last post by 68neko on May 19, 2021, 07:19:40 pm »
That is an awesome room conversion and very well done! It went from a stereotypical hikikomori room to a tasteful, elegant, mature adult space. It looks much better with minimal adornments compared to the tons of posters and action figures in your old room. Mari Kondo would be proud of you!

So I guess your room is only 4.5 mats large (less the tokonoma and entryway space.) Given that they are a standard size, it's a good thing your room had the perfect dimensions.  I was surprised that you couldn't find the tatami mats somewhere in Canada so you didn't have to import them yourself.

Congratulations and enjoy your new room!
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General Discussion / My Ultimate Otaku Room Project
« Last post by Jestyn on May 14, 2021, 04:19:45 am »

Year 2021 and I finally decided to post this after quite long. I was actually planning to make a post about this last year but I found myself procrastinating and saying: "nah I'll do it later..." and then days past then months past and finally a year I still wasn't able to make a post about this lol. Anyways I just want to showcase possibly the biggest project that was done on my room so far... I asked my relative to renovate it for me.



BTW while that photo was indeed my room, that's just the photo that was taken "BEFORE" the renovation, so NOPE It's NOT the renovation that I was talking about. But rather, something special, I'm talking about "Traditional Japanese Room" which is also called "Tatami Room". Visiting Japan few months prior is what really gave me the idea. I just really admire the looks of Japanese houses. And so I began searching google as to how the design work.  So how did the renovation go?

To get started I have my room emptied and dismantled.







then after that I draw a plan of the room and showed my relative, and explain what exactly I want.


and so he began with building a skeleton of Tokonoma. (Not included in paper but I explain it in person.)



As for the color of my room I actually asked a staff from Paint Department on Home Depot If he's familiar with tatami room and fortunately enough, the guy has been in japan before and told me that the color of the room is most likely "Khaki Shade" and mixed paints for me to get that color.

Now that I acquired the paint, my relative began painting my room.





After that, we purchased several oak woods and then apply them to the wall









Now things seems to be coming together to resemble a tatami room. However the egress kinda ruins theme of the room. So I decided to have it covered with mural and encase it in a frame that resembles a japanese window.


Here's the photo of the mural as I explain to my relative how to put the mural and the several planks together to create a psuedo japanese window.


I also considered safety in my room so the mural was made easy to tear as possible to access the egress incase of emergency by sticking it on a very light plastic cardboard as shown in the picture and hang it on wall using velcro.


That shoji is very light as well and it's not real door either. It's actually shoji divider that was taken apart and hinged them on side the of frame to make it look like window door.





Now it’s time to install a closet door here and in order to do that, some woods need to be dismantled here...




This wood over here, while it serves it's purpose as support to tokonoma, it just doesn't fit well with the rest of woods, all of them were glossy but this one, so I had it tainted but it only make the wood look dirty ugh...


So I had it coated with very thin wood planks and now it looks much better.










After all that I began decorating my room with stuff that I bought from Japan












Now It's time for flooring. Of course it can't be called tatami room without tatami mats on floor so I searched the web and found some on Amazon Japan and got them delivered using "Rakuten Global Express" but not without running into some issues with shipping:

1.) Rakuten informed me that the package size limit has exceeded and therefore they asked if they could use fedex instead since none of their shipping options would be able to ship an item of this size but doing so makes the fee more expensive. Without any other choice I just agreed.

2.) It alerted the Japanese Customs since the tatami is composed of certain grass (juncus effusus) they advise me to contact the customs in my side of country to asked if this item will be allowed to enter the canadian border. Fortunately, after contacting the Canadian Customs, they responded yes to my question. Can you imagine how stressful for me to wait for their response?

And with all that trouble taken care off, the package was all set to go. And after few weeks, I’m really happy to have finally recieved my tatami mats.













Now to replace my computer table. I need a low table instead since it doesn't fit my room anymore. And found one on ebay.





Overall, I believe, really took quite a huge risk with this project because had the design not worked out as I imagined it be, my room would probably have been a disaster, and wasted my money for nothing but it was all worth it and I’m glad that the room was even better than what I imagined.
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General Discussion / Re: Another trip to Japan
« Last post by Jestyn on December 06, 2019, 03:17:02 am »
I went on a 2-week trip to Japan recently and really enjoyed it.

Another interesting place I'd highly recommend is the machiya Starbucks (yes, Starbucks) at Ninenzaka, Kyoto. It is located in a renovated machiya wooden building on a narrow street between Kiyomizudera and Yasaka Shrine. They have an inner garden and tatami mat rooms for enjoying your coffee in a traditional Japanese setting.

I was going to post some photos, but I noticed that my "free" Photobucket account no longer allows free photo sharing! Anyway, I would encourage everybody to visit Japan, and if you need an excuse, go for the Olympics in 2020.


Oh Ive been to that starbucks too, it was very interesting place indeed, if it wasn’t for the fact that people are carrying starbucks cup and Starbucks sign hanging outside and also door curtain you can hardly tell that you’re at starbucks at all lol, although you really have to wait for your turn for washroom. Looks like youve been into lots of places for 2 weeks. Incidentally though, our stay there (japan) corresponds the “beginning of reiwa era” and to celebrate the first day of naruhito’s reign, everyone was granted free entry to nijo castle as part of tradition.
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General Discussion / Another trip to Japan
« Last post by 68neko on December 05, 2019, 03:35:16 pm »
I went on a 2-week trip to Japan recently and really enjoyed it. The main purpose of traveling at this time of year was to see the fall colors, and they were brilliant! Mostly maples (momiji) that ranged in color from green to yellow, orange, various shades of red, and almost purple. Ginko and cherry trees also added to the color with their own leaves turning yellow and red. Cities visited included Tokyo, Kawaguchiko, Kyoto, Uji, Nara, Hiroshima, Miyajima, Osaka. The most spectacular show of color was on the island of Miyajima, which was somewhat of a surprise since it is the furthest south and theoretically should be changing later than places more north.

I visited two pet cafes, a cat cafe in Akihabara, Tokyo and a Shiba Inu cafe in Kyoto. Interestingly, they had different pricing models. The cat cafe had a base fee plus a charge for every 15 minutes spent in the room. The dog cafe had a set price for 30 minutes in the room, after which time you were asked to leave. Both offered unlimited drinks that were available from vending machines; coffee, tea, beer, sodas, water, juice drinks. I only had one coffee at each place, so clearly the drinks were secondary to the experience. But those cats and dogs were certainly adorable and live luxurious and spoiled lives!

Another interesting place I'd highly recommend is the machiya Starbucks (yes, Starbucks) at Ninenzaka, Kyoto. It is located in a renovated machiya wooden building on a narrow street between Kiyomizudera and Yasaka Shrine. They have an inner garden and tatami mat rooms for enjoying your coffee in a traditional Japanese setting.

I was going to post some photos, but I noticed that my "free" Photobucket account no longer allows free photo sharing! Anyway, I would encourage everybody to visit Japan, and if you need an excuse, go for the Olympics in 2020.
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General Discussion / Re: KyoAni attacked by arsonist
« Last post by Kuro Ken on July 21, 2019, 09:42:37 pm »
I grew up on KyoAni works and hearing about this hurts. There's a gofundme right now to help the victims and their families with this travesty.
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General Discussion / KyoAni attacked by arsonist
« Last post by 68neko on July 18, 2019, 10:23:38 am »
My favorite studio! And I was considering going to visit it when I’m in Japan later this year. Guess not now. What a tragedy!
https://www.npr.org...-killing-at-least-16
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