So here’s the deal. When I started the inn, I had an idea that it would be for young people, a bit bohemian. Not five star class if you get my drift. I even had an original idea to make it a Japanese bordello...course, as I got into it I could see that it really could be something nicer instead of cheap. Still, the ryokan, from the start, is a little old and not very well kept. I chose not to varnish most of the embellishments on the walls and to keep areas unfinished a bit. My choice was two fold: first I knew I was going to run into problems in the construction (both for my inexpertise and the fact that many of the pieces were badly warped to start with) so I knew the rooms and whole house would have gaps or fit together imprecisely and second, it was my first dollhouse. There was no way I was going to do justice to a beautiful five star ryokan. So, my inn is for everyone. The young the old the hippie....all are welcome! Which brings me to the back of the house.
The kit never was really set up to actually show the back of the house but I didn’t like that idea. I wanted to do something there too. Like a behind the scenes stuff going on in the alleyway kind of area. So, I purchased some stone work printed paper to use to attach or glue on the external walls around the house - exposed brick as it were. Knowing also that I had no real way to effectively hide the electrical wires, I figured I’d use this paper to create where the ryokan is pretty much falling apart - at least in the back. From the front, it looks fine. But we know that the ryokan is in dire need of repair. I used the double sided tape and attached paper over the wiring. All of this can be easily ripped out when the LEDs finally give out and need replacing (of which I have NO idea how I may mange that!) and I also cut some of the wooden beam decorations to show they had also split and fallen away. I will add broken bits of beam all along the bottom of the back sidewalk. Like they are holding them till they get a chance to renovate the exterior.
|Preprinted stone wall paper.|
|Cutting to size to hide the wiring.|
|Cutting more pieces to size.|
|Finished back with broken beams and exposed brick.|
|No tattoos allowed!!|
|Changing room now carries the "how to's" of the onsen.|
|Outside welcome (blessing) sign.|
|Inspiration for the trash bin and place to hide the batteries.|
|The design and cut scrap pieces|
|Testing the fit.|
|Batteries fit in fine.|
|Adding some light decorative pieces.|
|Painting the concrete.|
|Finished dust bin.|
And as a final touch, Bansksy struck!! While I was waiting for paint to dry overnight, the next morning I awoke to find that Bansky had visited behind the ryokan leaving his mark in the homicidal panda. Little bastard! Now someone will want to cut away a piece of the back wall and sell it at Sotheby’s!