Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Trip through Japan 1919

The 1919 YWCA Japan documentary Trip through Japan at http://tinyurl.com/2bals4w has an agenda, but provides an invaluable look at Ainu and village life, architecture and construction: earth compaction, dry-stack monumental stone, entirely breathable tiered-thatch roofing. Tip for Asleep at the Wheel: when drinking sake out of large cups, dip the end of your moustache-board first for a ceremonial flourish. The film also features a really Big Tuna.

Saturday, June 26, 2010


I've noticed more and more cool new emoticons showing up in my emails lately, so went looking for Japanese kaomoji, which seem to all be horizontal, and may be just a little more "kawaii" than the ones with which I'm familiar (which themselves are a bit too cute for everyday use, I fear). Anyway, here are a few I like: smile (^_^) blush (#^_^#) lost (*_*) and, of course kiss (^3^). found these at www.japanstyle.info which has a few tweetable Japanese food posts as well.

Friday, June 25, 2010

What's a Mori Girl?

Check out Valerie Fujita's blog "TokyoFashion & Art Factory" in Burogu at left, here's a quote from Valerie's interview in Japan Times: "Harajuku fashion has remained faithful to what I discovered in Fruits — the mix of colors and styles, unstructured silhouettes, the "pajama look", the layers of clothes and accessories. It's like a giant overflowing closet, from which you can pick thousands of inspirations and codes for reinventing. There are so many different categories that it's hard to keep up: "natural kei," "Lolita," "yurakuji kei", "mori girl," "Dolly fashion" . . . not to mention the Shibuya scene and other movements. Ultimately, these trends offer very rich material for the imagination and photographers like me."