Some 370 blue-coloured carp streamers fly at the tsunami-devastated city of Higashimatsushima, Miyagi prefecture on May 3, 2013. People hoist the blue-coloured carp streamers, symbol of child carp streamer, to mourn children who died in the March 11, 2011 tsunami disaster in the city.
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Happy Other Mother’s Day.
Somehow I assumed that Tumblr would be filled with Other Mother’s Day cards that people had made, but it is not.
Woman and girl wearing Japanese kimono
“So my amazing daughter, Emma, turned 5 last month, and I had been searching everywhere for new-creative inspiration for her 5yr pictures. I noticed quite a pattern of so many young girls dressing up as beautiful Disney Princesses, no matter where I looked 95% of the “ideas” were the “How to’s” of how to dress your little girl like a Disney Princess…We chose 5 women (five amazing and strong women), as it was her 5th birthday but there are thousands of unbelievable women (and girls) who have beat the odds and fought (and still fight) for their equal rights all over the world”
- Jaime Moore, Not Just a Girl
This is awesome!
On the final stretch of pre-signing. When I get bored I draw ghosts.
Neil, you drew me a rat. I was 13 and now, almost a decade later, its still one of my favorite things. Thanks Neil!
And suddenly, 11 years of drawing rats on Coralines feels perfectly justified.
Orientalist Interiors: MONSERRATE PALACE - PORTUGAL
The Monserrate Palace (Portuguese: Palácio de Monserrate) is an exotic palatial villa located near Sintra, Portugal, the traditional summer resort of the Portuguese court. It was built in 1858 for Sir Francis Cook, an English baronet created visconde de Monserrate by King Luís. Monserrate turned to an English architect, James Knowles Jr., for designs. Though its Moghul-inspired details are unique in Portugal, its eclecticism is a fine example of the Sintra Romanticism.
Images owners and sources:
Two: Ronan Smits
Three: “Exotic Taste: Orientalist Interiors” book, photography by Marc Walter
Four: Photography Jean C. (on photograph), found via google
Six: Sonia Rebello
Nine companions. So be it. You shall be the fellowship of the ring
MUSLIM HERITAGE - ALHAMBRA
The Alhambra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the inspiration for many songs and stories.
Alhambra the complete form of which was Calat Alhambra, is a palace and fortress complex located in Granada, Andalusia, Spain. It was originally constructed as a fortress in 889, and was converted into a royal palace in 1333 by Yusuf I, Sultan of Granada.
The Alhambra’s Islamic palaces were built for the last Muslim Emirs in Spain and its court, of the Nasrid dynasty. After the Reconquista (reconquest) by the Reyes Católicos (“Catholic Monarchs”) in 1492, some portions were used by the Christian rulers. The Palace of Charles V, built by Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor in 1527, was inserted in the Alhambra within the Nasrid fortifications. After being allowed to fall into disrepair for centuries, the Alhambra was “discovered” in the 19th century by European scholars and travelers, with restorations commencing. It is now one of Spain’s major tourist attractions, exhibiting the country’s most significant and well known Berber Islamic architecture.
By order of the Regency of the Kingdom, 10 February 1870, confirmed by Royal Decree on 21 July 1872, and amplified by Royal Decree on 11 June 1896, the Alcazar of the Alhambra of Granada, as well as their gardens and accessory structures, are declared national-artistic monuments, and Elvira’s Gate is declared incorporated.
In the twentieth century, by Royal Decree on 27 July 1943 the gardens of the Alhambra and the Generalife are declared Historical Gardens.
More recently, at the UNESCO Convention, which was held in Buenos Aires between 29 October and 2 November 1984, the World Heritage Committee proceeded to officially include the Alhambra and the Generalife of Granada on the World Heritage List.