May 28, 2007

A world hidden away – Japanese websites about hatmaking

Filed under: Millinery trivia and events,Other Millinery people — Cristina de Prada @ 3:52 pm

Ulala Koruku website - hat instructions  I have some rudimentary knowledge of Japanese (I went to classes during five years, and honestly I should have more to show for it, but I dont). I wish I understood it all. There is a wealth of websites and blogs that talk about the things I like (like millinery, cooking, origami), and all I can do is settle for some crazy surrealist online translation to find out what they’re talking about.

In addition, Japanese websites appear to be more fun and more crazy than the European/American counterparts. That’s something you can notice right away when browsing through a Japanese magazine or newspaper. The layout is completely alien to us (not only that you start to read from the back to the front), but the fact that everything is packed-in in a crazy dizzying way.

The web of Ulala Koruku is an example of someone really taking the time to make a fun website, playing beautifully with colors. Another one is this lovely one with the hat-cat on the front page. Although a recurring problem with Japanese websites is the faulty spelling (very japanese) of English words as you can see for yourself if you visit the website.

And the examples of japanese websites about hats, well, are endless, for example marche-de-chapeaux, hat love, and this very interesting blog.

This is all until the next time (I owe you lots of stuff, but I promise you will get to see it!)


  1. Take a peek at this inspiring site…then get going on finishing the felt hat all ready!

    Comment by jill — June 21, 2007 @ 9:23 pm

  2. Jill!! What would I do without you? When I start sinking low there you appear with a comment to lift my spirits. Thank you by the way for sharing your trip with us on your blog, I still have to read it in full detail.
    The felt hat was finished a long time ago, but I have not posted about that (baaad girl!), mostly because it didn’t turn out too good, it has weak spots on the sizing and I hate that. Still, that cannot be seen on the pictures, so I will post the finished hat and no one will be the wiser. Thanks Jill!

    Comment by cristinadeprada — June 22, 2007 @ 8:52 pm

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