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Trollbeads: Japanese World Tour Collection

Updated on August 8, 2012
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Janine is a published author in Only Trollops Shave Above the Knees, appears on The Huffington Post and at Confessions of A Mommyaholic.

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Japan

In today's World Tour of Trollbeads, we are visiting Japan. Most of what I have learned about Japan has been from a history book for me and not from personal experience. Most people nowadays when they think Japan, think of their cuisine or one word 'sushi'. My grandparents spoke of Japan from their vantage point and their experiences during World War 2. Well come along on this tour to discover their is so much more to this country then just sushi and the tales from WWII.

Now please have a seat and view this short video clip and answer this question: In Japan children happen upon quite a performance! What color is the dancing man's hair?

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Noh Mask

During the 14th Century, Noh was a musical drama that began to be performed. It is truly classical and is characterized by a slow pace, pure elegance and use of very distinctive masks. This silver charm is just that a tiny replica of a mask that could be worn during one of these performances. There can be no better way to pay tribute to theses musical dramas than this. To me it actually reminds of the masks that symbolize a theatre or drama major in school Therefore this chair could be perfect for a drama student or just simply anyone who loves going to theatre to see shows, such as if one was Broadway Theatre buff.


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Sacred House

Also in ancient Japan, you could find what was called Sacred Houses or a simple wooden cottage, where the Japanese went to pray for all sorts of things. They could have prayed for fortune, true love, a happy life or for quite simply all their wishes to be granted and come true. This silver charm for me represents good fortune and/or luck. When worn, I feel like it helps keep the good energy or karma around me and ward off the bad.

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Rising Sun

This first glass charm of this collection, white glass with a red dot, is a true symbol of the Japanese, because in Japan the red circle stands for the sun and the sun is truly the center of everything to them and Japan has been known to be called the, "Land of the Rising Sun". This charm is very simple yet packs a huge message then and for this reason is a total must for anyone who covets this collection.


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Blooming Sakura

The second glass charm in this collection is equally as important as the Rising Sun glass charm, because it has cherry blossoms on it, which are truly the most beloved Japanese flowers. These flowers are known to represent vitality, hope and courage. I must say out of all the glass charms in the World Tour collection this is another one of my favorites. It has such vibrant colors of an almost teal blue, with bits of white and the red cherry blossoms of course. This really is a stunning glass charm and is just like a true piece of artwork adorned right on your arm.


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Concluding Japan...

It has been my absolute pleasure to tour Japan today in Trollbeads World Tour. If you watched the video, you should have the answer to the original question. I will not give it away here however. Join us for the next hub, when we tour the next country in the Trollbeads World Tour and as the Japanese say, Sayonara!!

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Ishwaryaa22, Just responded to you on the African Tour Bead post and so happy to see that you were indeed able to make it the Japanese Tour too. I also love this tour, because these beads are so rich and steppe in the Japanese culture. My husband also works for a multinational Japanese owned company right here in our own city in NY. He works for Canon (the camera company), although he has never had to travel to Japan on business, I have heard from him about some of the culture that he has heard from working there. So glad to hear of the beautiful items and painting he has brought back from his trips and can understand your mother and your fascination with the culture too!! Thank you again for your comment, share, votes, Facebook and pin too!!

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Another wonderful hub from you! The list of trollbeads are very cute! I am very familiar with Japan as my father is working at a Japanese-owned multinational company and often travelled to Japan. From there at convenient shops, he bought some intricate display items and miniature paintings. I and my mother are really fascinated with Japanese culture and decided to visit Japan in the near future. An enjoyable hub! Well-done!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Awesome & Interesting. Voted up, shared on Facebook & pinned

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Bill, so glad you were able to get to read this one and enjoy the colors, which I must say are fabulous and are in total agreement with you on this one. Thanks again for stopping by and all your continued support!!!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I found one I hadn't read yet. These really are fascinating. I love the colors of these and the intricate detail. Great job once again, Janine!

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Shiningirisheyes I totally agree the Japanese culture being honorable and colorful too. And these charms represent both so nicely. Thank you so much for your comments and continued support too.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      I have studied many of the ancient Japanese cultures and find them so honorable and colorful.

      Beautiful items from such a beautiful land.

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Docmo, thank you so much for stopping by and commenting. Sounds like your brother had a wonderful trip to Japan with his dance troupe and sorry you couldn't have joined him. Thank you again for all your support here, it is totally appreciated.

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      Mohan Kumar 5 years ago from UK

      My brother toured japan with his dance troupe and I wish I could've joined him. This is a wonderful reminder of Japanese culture and the uniqueness of the land of the rising sun. I really adore this trollbead series what a great way to learn culture /history and nations. Thanks Janine!

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      I totally agree with you teaches12345 about the Troolbeads themselves and about visiting Japan too someday. Thank you again for stopping by and commenting!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      They certainly are interesting pieces of jewelry. I do love the Japanese art styles. Would love to actually visit there some day.

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Linda and Nell, thank you so much for stopping by, reading and commenting. The support from you both is so appreciated. Linda, this truly has been a really fun way of touring the work for me. Nell, I love Trollbeads and just so enjoy the different options of jewelry wearing with them.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi Janine, I had never heard of Trollbeads before! lol! this was really interesting, thanks!

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thank you Janine for the virtual tour of Japan. It was nice to get away for a bit. Trollbeads really get around!:)

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Would love to go there too Terrye and this collection sure does help to make me want to do that. Thanks for comment and support.

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Japan has always been on my bucket list. I would jump on a plane tomorrow if I could. :) Excellent hub. VUM.