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Mongolian Stupa by Jburns272
Mongolian Stupa
Yesterday was the Mongolian fire ceremony. A great fire is set and people walk around it, making offerings and prayers for the new year. Offerings are traditionally alcohol or butter but I did see a fair bit of incense when I went to the festival yesterday.

This stupa is based on the ones I've seen here, both at the ceremony and elsewhere.
The settlers on Ryusei established one primary settlement and several smaller outposts. The total Human population on Ryusei was 2000 at establishment.

旭川市 (Asahikawa)
Population: 1000
Established: 10,000
Asahikawa is the primary settlement on Ryusei.

竜巣 (Tatsu-no-su)
Population: 400
Established: 10,000
Tatsu-no-su serves as the spaceport and primary transportation hub for Ryusei. This settlements is the main link between Asahikawa and the research outposts scattered around the planet.

灯台山 (Toudaiyama)
Population: 150
Established: 10,000
Toudaiyama is a research outpost located on the Toudaiyama (lighthouse mountain) peninsula. The place is named after the mountain sitting at the tip of the peninsula. The inhabitants are planning on constructing an observatory there.

火山境 (Kazankyo)
Population: 150
Established: 10,000
Kazankyo is a research outpost located near an active volcano chain. Analysts are currently establishing the feasibility of using the volcanoes to generate power.

中島 (Nakajima)
Population: 250
Established: 10,000
Nakajima is one of two research outposts situated on the island chain off the coast of the main continent. Nakajima is currently the largest research outpost. This is due to the partial evacuation of Umi-no-nai. In the wake of the incident at Umi-no-nai, most research at Nakajima has been put on hold. Most of the activity at Nakajima is on assisting the recovery efforts at the other outpost.

海内 (Umi-no-nai)
Population: 50
Established: 10,001
Umi-no-nao was intended to be the second research outpost on the same island chain as Nakajima. Unfortunately, the guidance systems for the drop pods malfunctioned during descent. One landed off course but still on the island. The other two pods landed off the coast - one in shallow waters, the other went far deeper. Survivors from the drowned pods have largely relocated to Nakajima. The remainder are currently working to salvage as much equipment from the drowned pods as possible.
Investigations into what caused the malfunctions are still ongoing.
Ryusei Population Distribution
This is a rough distribution of the human population of Ryusei. Ryusei is a recently settled world in the Nitron sector.

This is part of One Planet at a Time. :iconone-planet-at-a-time:
Or at least severely throttled. For the past few weeks I've had trouble getting onto Deviant art. According to (…) , I should be able to access this site. ( and my computers (from several different locations, not just at home) say otherwise. I can get on with my VPN (as I'm doing now) but that's a pain especially since it seems to cut out every 10 mins.

This may sound like an odd request considering where I'm making it but is there anyone else around in China who's had similar problems? Or anyone who might know more than me?
  • Mood: Annoyed
  • Reading: Exams I have to mark
  • Eating: Fried rice
  • Drinking: Mongolian tea


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Joshua Burns
Artist | Hobbyist | Traditional Art
People's Republic of China
Current Residence: Inner Mongolia, China

I'm a NZ-born astrophysics graduate but I'm also interested in East Asian calligraphy and painting. I'm currently teaching English here in Inner Mongolia.
I want to become much better at calligraphy so I'm happy to receive any and all comments and feedback.

はじめまして、私は助守和(ジョシュワ)です。 ニュージーランドで生まれて、大学で天体物理学を勉強しました。私は今日本で英語を教えています。書道にも水墨画にも興味があります。^^

Nau mai. Haere mai. Tēnā Kōtou. Ko Joshua tōku ingoa. Nō Kirikiriroa ā Aotearoa au.

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Encoder6 Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy Birthday, my friend :cake::party:
Jburns272 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, my friend! :)
Encoder6 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome :manhug:
KamakuraSamurai471 Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Student General Artist
Happy Birthday!
Jburns272 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :)
ChaircarMao Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015
Hello,thanks for making a long comment on my work the "limit of our culture".
Jburns272 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem!
Zeroibis Featured By Owner Edited Jan 20, 2015
Thanks for the favs and for your comments. I hope that you will enjoy other photos from my trip as I get them up.

Hopefully, you will get another chance to see the view from Hakodateyama when it is not cloudy. I got very lucky that it had cleared up at that time. Earlier when I was at Goryokaku Tower a storm blew in and turned the view I had from the city there into a screen of white. You could actually see a wall of white come across the city from Hakodateyama at that time which I captured on video. If that storm had come in the evening I would have also missed the chance for the great view.

Knowing that you like calligraphy I was wondering if you have ever picked up any goshuin in your travels.
Jburns272 Featured By Owner Edited Jan 21, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're very welcome.

I'd like a chance to go back to Hakodate if I get the chance. Sounds like you had the opposite problem to me; when I went to Goryokaku, the sky was a lot clearer. I did get some interesting photos at Hakodateyama; the clouds somehow made the cable car look like a submarine.

I don't think I've had the chance to see more than a few goshuin. And if so, they would've all been in museums.
Zeroibis Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015
Ah, for goshuin you can actually get them at virtually all shrines and temples. Some places even have more than one as they offer it for a particular pilgrimage ect. In most cases you can see the monk/priest preforming the calligraphy. In order to get them you require a goshuicho and need to ask for it. You can at the most major temples/shrines see people lined up for them but otherwise for all other locations you need to ask for it. In the case of local family temples this will sometimes result in you being asked inside the home attacked to the temple and given tea while waiting for the goshuin . The cost is generally 300JP, some places will ask for that amount directly others will wait to see if you know that it should be that amount and only in the case of Osaki Hachimangu Shrine did they actively refuse to accept any payment. Note that there is only particular locations where the books (goshuicho) to then have your goshuin placed in can be obtained. This site can help you find places that have the books:…
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