“Elegance Road” is a photo series by Belgian photographer Alexandre Van Enst that captures the non-conformist style and dandy attitudes of a Kinshasa-based fashion and lifestyle SAPE collective.

The African Society of Elegant People, the “SAPE” was born in the years after the independences of Congo-Brazzaville and Zaire.

Today there are two major schools of “SAPE”, respectively inspired by the French and Japanese aristocracy. They clash with high fashion brands, millimetered steps and gestures, from Paris to Kinshasa, during parades in honor of their founding masters, or simply at the Mass of Sunday.

Codified art of sham, glamor and “hast thou seen” for some, for others the SAPE is a metaphysic, a special relation with the question of being and appearance. Sassy, narcissistic and rebellious, the “sapeur” is a romantic.

“Elegance Road” showcases these heroes of modern times. In the decadent sceneries of the city of Kinshasa, from Lemba to Bandal through Ndjili, Matete and Limete, the “sapeurs” of the “War of hundred years” defy the power in place: the Leopards.

Led by the great masters such as Tshikose, Sesele and Kadhitoza, the Congolese dandies constantly reinvent themselves to shine.



Auroville (City of Dawn) is an “experimental” township in Viluppuram district in the state of Tamil Nadu, India, near Puducherry in South India. It was founded in 1968 by Mirra Alfassa (also known as “The Mother”) and designed by architect Roger Anger. As stated in Alfassa’s first public message about the township, “Auroville is meant to be a universal town where men and women of all countries are able to live in peace and progressive harmony, above all creeds, all politics and all nationalities. The purpose of Auroville is to realize human unity.”



Upside-Down Ads Reveal The Subtlety Of Depression

Singapore-based suicide prevention organisation Samaritans of Singapore recently ran a series of ads which cleverly uses ambigrams to highlight the difficulty in understanding and identifying depression. The print ads feature images showing a positive message.

However, when the ad is inverted, a sadder, more depressing message is revealed.

The advertisement’s tagline “The signs are there if you read them” is printed upside-down so that readers will know to flip the ads over.

It also reinforces the message that it is easy to miss the warning signs of depression.




Armor Tutorials and References

Armour Tutorial – PART 1 by rynarts

Armour Tutorial – PART 2 by rynarts

Armor Study and Guide 1 by KataabaIzuua

ASG 2 Head and Neck Armor by KataabaIzuua

ASG 3 Body Armor by KataabaIzuua

ASG 4 Arm by KataabaIzuua

Romance Roundtable

Wasson Artistry

Sword Forum International


Was intending to reblog for personal reference but heck, we had a few positive examples and resources on real armor, so why not this? 🙂



大白兔奶糖!! (by paulnpg)

literal translation: big white rabbit milk candy. it’s just milk candy & “white rabbit” is really sort of like the brand name. In Singapore, just call it the “white rabbit sweet” & anyone will know what you mean!

;__; My favorite.

Oh my childhood. These were my favorites, because they have this ‘wrapper’ made of rice paper that’s under the printed wrapper, and it’s edible (melts, in fact, because, well, rice paper), so I was always so very entertained that there was a ‘paper’ I could eat.




I did do the single semester (quarter) with them. You can go without being enrolled in college I believe, there were a number of international students who were doing so. I would definitely look into it further, it was worth every penny. The sensei are wonderful, and the curriculum was tough, a little fast but manageable. You learn a lot in a short amount of time. If you have questions about studying with them you could always contact them! 

Here is their general webpage! 

And here is their contact for U.S.! I hear you can also enroll for the program just in general, and not as a U.S. Programme student, and that that is cheaper. 

Thanks for the info! I think I killed my original plan of doing an overseas course while working full-time at my job. The less intense programs I could probably swing that/a really short two-week seesion with don’t seem worth it, and programs like this are probably too intense to allow me to pull a full day of studying and then an 8+ hours for shift at work, ahah. But I’m definitely going to keep this in mind for potential future plans since I did like the descriptions of the classes at KCP more than Genki or others I looked at.