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!
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