Happiness and hope from the cherry blossoms and blue sky, photographed last year
I'm sure you've all heard about the earthquake in Northern Japan. I am really at a loss of words. My heart and deepest prayers goes out to all the people affected, and my deepest gratitude to everyone who are working day and night to rescue people, to restore power...
Japan is still facing a lot of troubles, but I believe that we have to keep our chins up and keep on moving forward.
Please please keep Japan in your thoughts and support Japan in any way you can.
P.S. Thank you so much for the comments concerning my safety, I am fine! Your comments always mean so much to me.
I know I'm a bit late, posting about haute couture when the next fashion week is around the corner, but please bear with me as I get used to the fast-paced blogging world!
Anyways, I'm sure you've seen how beautiful and intricate the dresses were at Givenchy so I won't go into that. What I do want to share is the dancer that inspired this collection, Kazuo Ohno. A person I knew was involved with planning Kazuo Ohno's performances and I had this DVD of his works I hadn't watched, so I thought this would be a perfect time to do so.
Kazuo Ohno was a legendary figure in a form of dance called butoh, which is recognized as a mix of Japanese tradition and avant-gardism. It is inspired by both Japanese and foreign literature, explores taboo topics, and involves playful and grotesque imagery.
This was my first time watching Kazuo Ohno's works, and though I'm far from being able to understand each dance, each action, I was taken at how expressive his hands were. They were captivating--it makes you feel amazed that so much can be conveyed with just the hands.
I think Kazuo Ohno's words sum up my feelings best: "It is not important to understand what I am doing; perhaps it is better if they don't understand, but just respond to the dance".
The year of the rabbit--or the year for leaps and bounds!
It has been quite a while since I sat down at my computer to write a post. After a four-month hiatus, I'm happy to be back! It might take a bit, but hopefully I can establish a good blogging pace again. Also, is there anything you want to see on this blog? I would love to know what kind of things you'd be interested in, so please feel free to comment/e-mail any suggestions, questions, etc.
& a big thank you to the everyone who sent me such nice comments to my last post. They meant a lot to me and I'm really looking forward to talking to all of you through your blogs again!
I wore my blazer out today for the first time, signing that fall is finally approaching Tokyo after an incredibly hot summer.
It's almost October I know, but summer brought some great experiences and memories (an internship, hearing Yohji Yamamoto speak in person (!), meeting totally unexpected and incredible people...) so I'm a little sad that the seasons are really starting to change.
A piece of my summer, girls preparing for the Yosakoi (a traditional Japanese Dance) Festival in Omotesando
I've been unable to post regularly for quite a while now and I'm afraid this will continue through the rest of the year. I was just looking at my favorite blogs and realized how much I miss blogging and how there's lots of things I want to post and share. But right now there is so much on plate, so many things I have to do before blogging. So this is a temporary farewell from blogging, until I get through what would probably be one roller coaster of a ride of the last three months of 2010. Hopefully I'll be able to look at your blogs every once in a while, but till then, see you guys in 2011!
The first is called LUPOPO. In the small but cozy space, a corner is for displaying and selling handmade goods like jewelry and bags.
There was this notebook where customers left messages. It was filled with lovely illustrations... お客様書き込み用のノート。人の字を見るのって、面白い。こんな字書けたらなー、とかあの字も素敵だな、と。
The next store, from Earth Cafe "OHANA", was an organic cafe with a great variety of teas. Surprisingly I'm finding a lot of organic cafes around Tokyo. 次はfrom Earth Cafe "OHANA"というオーガニック系のカフェ。東京って意外とオーガニックのお店が多いんですね。
These pound cakes were so good but also tasted healthy. I love how even the little dishes like the forks matches the store perfectly.
When I stopped by a store called Loft a couple months ago, there was an art event going on called Pop Box. It's an annual event where each artist has a small box (=booth) to display his/her artworks inside the store. I was especially captivated by one of the boxes...
The artist's name is Yoko Sueyoshi. I am in love with the world she creates and am enchanted by the boys and girls that appear inside her artwork. The children in these pictures aren't just innocent; I feel like there's a lot hidden inside their expressions. Wouldn't you love to slip into this world? The scenery is breathtaking.
For more of her artwork, here's the website (go look at more lovely drawings!) and she has an exhibit, POP SPACE (which I think is similar to Pop Box) going on right now. Details are below, those who are in Tokyo should definitely go have a look!
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