My DIY Dango (Japanese Dumpling) House

First and foremost, I would like to acknowledge my sponsor – Joshua for the present from Japan, my dad for his extensive help and logical interpretation of the all-Japanese instructions. I would not have even started this complicated project without my dad’s assistance.

Imagine yourself being provided with a packet of materials as such and 4 pages of instructions in an alien language as follow, how will you start? We took day-in-day-out with breaks in between of almost up to a month to complete this big task, as compared to the previous relatively simpler, tiny Ramen Store of several weeks.

Dango House's raw materials

Dango House’s raw materials

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instruction pg1

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instruction pg3

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From the construction of the structure, to the accessories, along with the interior were so tedious and time consuming! I will share bits and pieces of some vital steps here in this post. Do read on if you are interested.

This is a Dango House, whereby Dango is a Japanese dumpling and sweet made from mochiko, related to mochi. Below is a picture of the actual Japanese Dango.

dango

dango

Firstly, cut and paste the wallpaper onto the walls of the store, which was the easiest step. The tedious part came in when you are required to cut posters, measure the length of the “wooden” slices surrounding the posters as seen in the picture below onto a hard cardboard. Paint the woody color and stick all of them onto the wallpaper to give the realistic 3-D view of the wood, as well as the posters.

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wallpaper

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structure

wooden structure

All the posters and the wooden frames were to be pasted on a hard cardboard, then onto the wallpaper.

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I started off with all the simple steps where I can follow diagrams from the instruction booklet like the assembly of the 4-legged tables, pillows from cloth wrapped around folded paper, 16 presents mounting on a self-calculated measurement of Styrofoam slices and dango pieces from tiny beads., both on the plates and the satay-look dangos.

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Accessories

Accessories

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Assembly of Dango Sticks

Assembly of Dango Sticks

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bits and pieces of accesorries

bits and pieces of accessories

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The tiny present-like to-go boxes

The tiny present-like to-go boxes

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Next, my dad chipped in with his logical understanding of the alien instructions. We initially downloaded numerous apps to read Japanese kanji words but were of no help, because to read and not to understand was of no use. We used our logical common sense to interpret what the instructions were trying to say and came out with this! How cool, aren’t they?

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Front Stall

Front Stall

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The store and Interior tables

The store and Interior tables

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Assembly of Roof

Assembly of Roof

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Painting of Roof

Painting of Roof

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To keep this post short and sweet, I will skip all the details and show you some of the self-explanatory pictures.

This is the interior of the Dango House. It is only visible from the outside if you really look closely into the store. For your information, the strips in the cup of every table are only 1mm thick.

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The interior seating area

The interior seating area

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Outlook of the store front

Outlook of the store front – half completed

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There you go! My DIY Dango House! My dad and I did it all from scratch, from our imagination, guessing, assembling, and this is how the final Dango House looks like! How do you find it? I wouldn’t say it’s perfect but not too bad huh?

My Dango House!!

My Dango House!!

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