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  • Also note the tatami floors in that dojo.
  • The makeup on the Kyoshi warriors begins with a white base and red, well-associated with maiko, geiko, and geisha culture in general.
  • The fans and the fighting style resemble aikido (using force against the opponent), and there is a good chance that much of the forms that the warriors practice are tessenjutsu kata.
  • The sea has elephant koi and an unagi, both of which are native in Japan’s seas (though I’m not too sure about the existence of elephant koi…).
  • The village itself has buildings that resemble those in Shirakawa-Go and Gokayama villages. They are done in the “gassho-zukuri” style, or the “prayer-hands construction”…see the triangular roofs. (On a side note, these places are very famous to go to in the winter.)
  • Lastly, Kyoshi island seems to be very picky about outsiders, so that leads me to assume that the place was very isolated for a time…if that doesn’t sound characteristic of Japan, well…

Sources: Being a Japanese major, a poster that I saw in Sproul at UCD outside of a professor’s door, Jisho.org, and travel websites. And of course, A:TLA.

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