2012年5月7日月曜日

Final Project


Four months have passed since I came to America.  In the Collegeville area, it’s mostly sunny, but sometimes it’s cloudy, rainy, and snowy.  It also has seasons, for example in April the cherry blossoms bloom and it gets warm like in Japan.  The climate itself is similar to Japan, but I noticed that people wear clothes differently.  Some people’s fashions are completely different from my country.  For instance, if you only wear leggings on your bottom, every Japanese will look at you and stare at you.  Simply, Japanese would not wear like that.  On the other hand, my friend told me that I dress differently from Americans, and it is easy to guess that I am from Japan.  I was surprised by that and considered how Japanese college students dress.  Then I became interested in it.  It goes without saying that all Japanese people do not dress the same, but I realized that there are some specific types. 

            Before I started analyzing the pictures, I would like to explain how Japanese college students are aware of fashion.  In Japan, most of the junior and high school students have a school uniform, meaning that they cannot wear what they want to school.  Many people think it’s less troublesome, but others find it stressful.  After graduating high school and entering college, people have to choose what to wear every day.  It is true that during their life as a student, it’s the second time that they are able to wear their own clothes, because in elementary school, we have six years, and most of the public schools do not require a school uniform.  However, it is too young for them to choose their clothes and buy whatever they want.  In most of houses, parents decide what they will wear for that day.  Therefore, for many people it’s their first chance to decide what they want to wear. 

            I think the Japanese are really aware of what they wear.  When I go to college, go shopping, go to libraries, and go travelling, I feel like many people are keeping up with the latest fashion.  In bookstores, there are more than thirty monthly fashion magazines targeting readers in their early twenties. People can buy those magazines at about 550 yen (about 6 dollars), and some people stand and read in the bookstore.  Others go on the Internet and just browse it or find a clothing shop they like and look at their latest styling.

According to the survey in Hiroshima City University, to the question “Why do you keep up with the latest fashion?” people answered “Many people are aware of the fashion”, “There are a lot of trendy clothes in the shops”, and “I don’t want to look weird and out of fashion by my friends”.  By this survey, it became clear that Japanese students look at their friends, classmates, and fashion magazines and search for what kind of fashion they will fit the best.  I thought this expresses well the Japanese characteristics of caring what others think of you and making the effort not to look out of place.

            As I examine many pictures, I found out that there are four types of fashion styles.  The first one is “Gyaru”.  In the class, we read about Ganguro.  Today, Ganguro is not so popular compared to 1999 to 2001.  However, Ganguro style was an extreme of the Gyaru style.  In those days, Gyaru style and Ganguro style had many similarities:  for example the way they put on makeup, tanned their skin, and dressed.  After many people stoped dressing in the Ganguro way, the Gyaru style began to change.

Before going too far, I will start with this picture.  She has her hair dyed to a shade lighter than her skin.  She is wearing a pleather jacket and damaged shorts.  Her black boots are cool, and the heel is high, which makes her legs look long and slender.  It is hard to say from this picture, but her make-up is heavy.  This fashion gives me a more aggressive impression because many people try to hide their legs, but the Gyaru won’t.  The damaged designed shorts give a cool and a grown up image.  Many Gyaru believe that a tanned skin color looks healthy, thin, smart, and cool. 

However, today not all of the Gyaru’s skins are tanned anymore.  Many people started to realize that white is socially accepted and regarded as beautiful in Japan.  Therefore, some Gyaru decided not to tan their skin anymore.  This picture is one of the white Gyaru.  She has her hair dyed and wears a hat as an accessary.  The black sweater and the socks contrast with her white skin.  Her shorts are leopard print. A leopard is a carnivorous and dangerous animal. Girls say that wearing a leopard print makes them feel aggressive and motivated.  In addition, according to them, wearing just a little bit is enough, and it requires fashion sense. Therefore, many Gyaru try to wear those animal prints.  

Gyaru also wear special makeup. This woman’s name is Tubasa and she is one of the famous Gyaru models.  Many girls follow her fashion and her makeup.  As you can see in the picture, Gyaru makeup is very thick, especially on the eyes.  When I first saw this image, I thought she looked like a doll.  There are no particular rules for the Gyaru makeup, but many people say make it heavy.  Gyaru makeup can make everyone like a doll even if you have tiny eyes.  In this picture, Tubasa is wearing false eyelashes, thick eye liner, and shiny eye shadow. She also has double eyelids.  Her skin is covered with foundation and it looks very smooth. Her lipstick is a very light, shiny shade of pink.  It looks like most of the effort is focused on her eyes.  It is natural for the Gyaru to spend more than an hour for the makeup.

Analyzing Gyaru, I feel that they are trying to be distinct from other people and portray confidence by showing off their makeup skills and their body parts (mostly their legs).  The reason why most of them color their hair is to be different from others and to be seen as a fashionable person.  From my experience, I think many Gyaru have outgoing personalities.  It is true that when you once started talking with them it is easy to get along, but from their showy appearances sometimes people are afraid to talk to them.

The next category is girly (kawaii) and casual fashion. In some ways these two are similar. I will start with this picture.  She is wearing a typical girly fashion.  She has her hair colored, which matches her clothes perfectly.  Her hair accessory is big and makes her face look small.  On top, she is wearing a white knit sweater, and underneath she is wearing a patterned shirt.  Wearing such a shirt gives her a fashionable image.  Layering clothes allows for her to show off a greater variety of styles.  Although wearing many shirts is hot in summer, many Japanese college students tend to dress in layers.  The girly fashion often has flower patterns.  In this picture, she is also wearing a flower patterned skirt.  This skirt has the most impact upon her fashion. Also, wearing a belt makes her legs look long and skinny.  Her gray knee socks give both a sexy and a cute impression.  Pink pumps fit her fashion well and remind me that she is a girl.  Her pose makes me feel like she is a princess.  Therefore, like this picture presents, girly fashion is fluffy, cute, and soft. Many times, these girls tend to wear white, pink, and other pastel colors. They rarely wear dark colors.  In addition, they like their clothes to have ribbon and lace. 

Another item essential for the Girly fashion is socks.  Recently, these socks are catching many girls’ attentions, especially those who are interested in girly, cute fashions. The socks just have lace on them, but they have become a trend in Japan.  I saw many girls wearing these during the summer.  Like this picture, just wearing these lace socks changes the impression of the shoes and makes them cute.

            This picture to the left is a typical casual fashion.  She is dressed in blue jeans, which seem comfortable and easy to move in compared to skirts. Her blue striped shirt is simple, and her hair is worn down and unstyled. She is wearing sandals, which are perfect when you want to walk around. To me, it seems that she has only what she needs and has made no extreme effort to make herself look good. Analyzing this picture, I think the definition of the casual style is natural, relaxed, and comfortable. 

            Above I wrote that these girly and casual fashions are sometimes similar and hard to distinguish.  The two pictures I just analyzed were slightly extreme examples.  Often, those two are combined into one fashion like this picture.  She is wearing blue jeans, which adds a casual sense to this fashion; but at the same time, the white one-piece and other things that she’s wearing gives her a soft and fluffy image, which relates to girly fashion. 

When I was looking at many fashion magazines that college girls will read, I found out that about ten of the books were about girly, natural, and casual fashion. Compared to the other fashions, these simple clothes are cheaper, and many college girls are interested in these styles for this reason.


            Recently, a new fashion trend is becoming popular in Japan. It is called “mori girl”. Mori means forest in Japanese. This style concept is “a girl who looks like she is living in the forest”.  The word “mori girl” has its origins in Japan’s enormous social networking site called “Mixi”.  When taking about forests, they are not referring to traditional forests in Japan. They are talking about old European fairy-tales that have trees, little houses, rabbits, and bears. 

Mori girls look like fairy-tale forest wanders in their loose clothes.  They like floaty a-line dresses, lace, puff sleeves, retro prints, and natural materials. They also prefer warm, earthy tones and deep traditional colors like navy, wine red, and forest green. Most of the time, they use layering technique like this picture.  A lot of times, their hair style is airy, wavy, straight, or put up, and keeping it natural is important. In addition, some people use lace and flower hair accessories.  Leather accessories, fur stoles, tights, round-toed shoes, and handmade jewelry are necessary to be a mori girl.  They do not have special makeup but prefer earthy colors and rosy cheeks, and some of them do not wear any makeup at all.   It is said that mori girls have particular life styles.  They enjoy having a slow life: they take in the world through their hands by drinking tea, travel by walking or riding a bicycle, and take lots of pictures.  A mori girl enjoys nature and a relaxed life. 

According to some magazine publishers, these mori girls might be a new subculture in Japan.  Many magazines started paying attention to these fashions and developing the mori girl as a new trend.  However, the mori girl is different from the Ganguro subculture, and it is still unknown what it’s going to become.  

The last one is the pretty style. I named it as such because in Japanese we call it “onei-kei,” which means “older sister style.”  This fashion gives a neat and clean impression rather than a cute and girly fashion.  It is different from casual fashion because they wear shiny shoes like in this picture.  People who dress in “onei-kei” give an adult and simple feeling.  She is wearing a tailored jacket, a cute simple dress with a short skirt that comes above the knees, and pale pink stockings.







When I was analyzing and looking for pictures for all of these styles, I noticed that many of the Japanese girls dye their hair.  On magazines, TV, and the Internet, most of the girls’ hair were brown.  It is said this started in 1997.  Amuro Namie was popular among the young generation in Japan, and many girls started to follow her.  Therefore, girls started to dye their hair.  However, at this time, many adults thought people with brown hair were Furyou (juvenile delinquents).  Today, the demand for dyed hair is increasing, and people can dye their hair easily.  Additionally, in the fashion world people think that dark black hair does not match the western clothes that Japanese people wear every day. Although brown colored hair is popular in Japan, most of the elementary, junior high, and high schools do not allow students to dye their hair.  Thus when they graduate high school, some people immediately dye their hair.  According to the company called Hoyu, more than 60 percent of college students color their hair.  However, in the junior year everyone who has job hunting returns their hair to its original black.  Compared to a few decades ago, people are generous about dying hair, and they think it is part of the fashion.

All in all, when people wear clothes they consider how they want the world to see them.  If they are dressing in Gyaru style, they give off an aggressive, sometimes scary, or optimistic impression.  If they are dressing in a girly style, they want to be seen as cute rather than cool.  Casual style is often natural, so they do not want to bedizen their selves.  Often times, it is hard to say that this person’s fashion style is that and this, but most of the times it’s a mixture of different styles.  When they decide upon their fashion, most of the times they look at their friends, family, and mass media to choose what to wear.  Also they really consider how it looks on them and how the others will see them, because fashion style contributes to a first impression.

            In this blog, I did not include what American people wear and what the differences are between the two, but I believe fashion really reflects a person’s culture.  From my impression, I think Americans do not mind showing off their bodies compared to the Japanese. This topic might be interesting to do research on next time.  However, looking at my country’s fashion and its different personalities was a good chance for me to explore Japanese characteristics.




2012年4月5日木曜日

final project


I am going to present about Japanese girl’s fashion. Generally, in Japan, many girls have interest in fashion. They buy fashion magazines, check the trend, and consider what kinds of clothes they want to buy. Some girls spend a big amount of money for their fashion. I think fashion reflects the characteristic they want to be, and how they want to be seen by the other people. I chose this because I thought Japanese and American girls wear different clothes and it would be interesting what kinds of clothes will a Japanese university student wear in those days.

Today, I think this kind of fashion is the trend in Japan.



















These are the links that I will use for my presentation.
http://www.college-style.com/2011/05/college-style-fashion-trends/international-inspiration-japan/
http://bjapan.tumblr.com/post/110638665/japanese-coeds
http://factsanddetails.com/japan.php?itemid=742&catid=20&subcatid=136

2012年3月28日水曜日

kawaii pictures


Nara Yoshitomo / After the Acid Rain
                When I first looked at this picture I wondered why this girl does not have legs, but after seeing the title, I noticed that she was in the acid rain. Acid rain is harmful to the environment, animal and it damages buildings. Mainly, it is caused by human activities. In this picture, the girl is soaking in the acid rain. From her face expression and her pose, she looks like she is being skeptical and afraid.
The background of the drawing is all purple and blue mixed color and it is so gloomy. In contrast, the girl is drawn in light colors, especially her skin and her blue eyes. She is wearing simple clothes colored in orange. Her big eyes give the ‘kawaii’ feeling to the audience. However, her tightened mouth and the way she gazes far away give the impression that she is feeling uncomfortable and anxious. Nara did not draw eyebrows and this makes the girl more mysterious.
                Nara mainly draws a girl in his picture. He explains that this girl is his portrait. When he was a child, he prefers playing by himself, talking with an animal, and had an imaginary skill. However, looking from an adult point of view, he was misunderstood that he was a lonely boy and had no friends. This picture is expressing how he was seen by the adults.




Chiho Aoshima/ Shrine Mountain 2008
When I first saw this picture, I thought it is interesting because the title was written right on the top of the mountain. “神社山” means “Shrine Mountain”. As some of you notice that “” (mountain) is emphasized compared to “神社
In the background, black and navy is mainly used, but in the bottom, there are red which seems to be the light from the sun. The upper part of the picture is the space and the middle mountain is higher than the moon. Mountain is symbol of the God, and the middle mountain is a shrine mountain, so it is very close to the God. It is interesting because the three mountains have a face. The little two mountains look like children and interested in the middle mountain. The highest mountain almost has no feeling in it and just looking straight towards the audience. It also has many graves and many spirits that we cannot see. On his top of the head, there is traditional bell. It looks like a hair accessory.
In this picture, she is drawing shrine, God, and sprit. However it also gives us a ‘kawaii’ feeling to it. I think this is because of the mountain’s face. Small mountains look so innocent and the middle mountain’s eyes are round. It also has sacredness in it.  


2012年2月20日月曜日

modern art





Milky Way

This picture is drawn by HAGIWARA Hideo. He was born in the Yamanashi Prefecture. He learned Fine Arts in Tokyo then went to Oregon to teach what he had learned. He is known as drawing modern art and won the international competitions.

He chose rice paper to draw this piece. Rice paper is very thin than the usual paper. I do not know why he used this kind of paper but I guess he chose it because of the texture of the paper. But the condition of the paper was not so good because there was a folding line in the picture.  When I first saw the title of this picture, I thought that the drawing was about many stars which look like river. However, the picture was about the universe. It is said that the universe is getting bigger so the black part is outside the universe. As you can see, there is a blue dot in the cosmos. This is the earth. Earth sometimes described as ‘blue marble’.  Near the earth, there are other planets. In the middle, there are two big circles. One is black and the other is white. These two seems to be expressing the orbit. Also, these two are connected but the color is opposite so it seems to be saying the opposite thing. Black is representing evil and the white is representing innocence and something peace. Two opposite thing is existing together.

In this picture, the earth is drawn so small and human beings are smaller than the earth. This connotes that the world and the universe is so big than we are thinking and we human beings are so tiny.

2012年2月18日土曜日

Ukiyo-e



This print was made by Utagawa TOYOKUNI. He is one of the famous woodblock print artist and he was so popular among the people in the Edo period. Utagawa had a unique talent in drawing women and portraits of Kabuki performer and this picture is one of the Kabuki actors. His name is Onoe Matsuke II.
                Before talking about the details of this woodblock print, I would like to explain about the portraits of Kabuki actors. In Japanese, we call it ‘Yakusha-e’.  In this type of woodblock print, most of the artist drew about the portraits of Kabuki actors itself, but some people drew the stage, large props and other materials that they used in the Kabuki. Woodblock print is called ‘Ukiyo-e’ in Japanese. Ukiyo means ‘floating world’ so woodblock print is presenting everyday life picture. Therefore, some of the artists pictured the Kabuki actors’ everyday life.  
                However, in this picture there is a man who wears traditional Japanese clothes. The color is light pink and inside there is a pretty design. Obi has a flower pattern on it too. It seems like this man is in the middle class. He looks like he is getting angry at the mice. But first, I would like to start from the condition of the print. The paper was stained and it was hard to say that it was preserved in the good condition. Still, I thought that the quality of the printing was not bad. The lines were sharp and the man’s hair was so sharp and very beautiful. In addition, the color all fit in the lines, but in this picture Utagawa did not use many colors and the color was light.
                Next, let’s go into the detail of the picture. As I said above, in this picture there is a man and his name is Onoe Matsuke II. He is an actor and he contributed in the Edo-Kabuki. In this woodblock, he is standing in the middle and has an angry look on his face. His eyes are staring at the mice and his eye brows are expressing his anger. He also has a disheveled hair which indicates that he cannot bear the mice anymore.  The actor is pulling up the sleeves and he is ready to beat the mice. This pose is called ‘Mie’ in Kabuki. ‘Mie’ is a method to show the audience, when his feeling is running high, he stops his action and poses to the audience and stares for a moment. In this picture, he stares the mice which he is angry at.
                Why is he angry at the mice? In some places, mice are believed that they are representing evil and bringing infectious disease. In addition in western countries, mice were believed that they were dangerous because mice can attack animals that are bigger than themselves. Generally speaking, people do not want mice in their house. Also, in this picture, mice are drawn by black. Black has a meaning something evil, and negative. It does not give good impression to the others. There are nine mice, and seven of them are looking at the actor. One of the mouse’s neck is not natural and it gives us a weird feeling.
In this picture, Utagawa focused on the man and the mice staring each other. He did not paint the background of the picture. This makes the viewer confused because we do not know what kind of situation they are put in. Therefore I think that Utagawa really wanted to express the Onoe Matusuke’s feeling.


2012年2月14日火曜日

Analysis of Japanese Photograph



I chose this picture because it shows us how Japanese think and interact with the nature.

In this picture, I see collapsed houses and huge earth fissures. Almost nothing had stayed same before the earthquake. Now, people cannot live as they did before. Earth fissures are so deep that if you fall in accidently, people will be seriously injured. Many people are wearing helmets in case of the aftershock.

In this picture, there is a man in the middle who looks like a person from the government and he might be inspecting how this place was affected by the earthquake. There are also two boys sitting on the wreckage looking so helpless. The other boy is trying to climb up the wreckage, but most of the adults are gazing far away and feeling empty or being surprised what the earthquake has done to this land. In this picture, there are no women. I guess that they are working in the shelter getting foods for the family and so on.   

Next, let’s move on and see the entire picture. In this picture, it seems that the picture is focusing on the house and the trees look like they are surrounding it. It gives us the feelings that human are so little compared to the nature. People could not escape from the natural disaster and at the same time, they are helpless. In this era, people thought that these natural disasters are caused by the God. It was a punishment from the heaven. This picture really represents that the natural violence is so enormous and people are powerless.

2012年2月6日月曜日

Album


Picture 108
This is my friend’s garden and I got a chance to go there on my break. I am so glad that it was sunny on that day because sometimes it is chilly even the season is autuam. My friend is very rich as you can see by seeing the picture. She really has a large garden and in the garden, there are pond, trees, rocks and lantern. The pond is blue and you can see the floting leaves and trees that are reflecting on the water. Accoriding to my friend, this is a traditional Japanese garden that tried to express ‘nature’ in one place. Japanese tend to admire the nature and they think that the nature is very beautiful thing. She said that on her free time, she views this garden and have a green tea and be relaxed.

  Picture119
I took this picture while I was walking on the street. At first I thought this is so weird because fish is swimming in the sky! I asked the man who were passing by and he said that this is Japanese traditional event held in May 5th. This event is called ‘Kodomo no hi’ (children’s day) in Japanese. In this event, people celebrate their children’s growth and health. This fish is called ‘koinobori’ and it symbolize strength and success in life. Chinese legends say that carp become dragons when they swim up whitewater rapids and Japanese represent this belief by konobori.

  Picture 238
Today, I went to girl’s high school in Tokyo. Some children are wearing kimono but some were wearing sailor-style school uniform. When I first saw this, I felt weird because Japanese style and western style is mixed up. However, in this period, Japan was already opening the country and absorbing western culture. The reason why Japanese started wearing this sailor-style is because it is easier to do sports. In addition, everyone is tying their hair just in case that their hair does not disturb them.  In this picture, they are taking turns to perform calisthenics.


Picture 219
Today, I went to my primary school were my friend’s daughter goes. They seemed that they were having lessons about etiquette. Teachers were wearing kimono and the students were wearing one-piece. One-piece is western way of clothing. I was so impressed that every student was sitting on their knees.  To me, I can’t believe it because I can’t stand up after sitting like this. On the back, there was Japanese calligraphy. The way it was written was so strong and I felt power in the words (although, I couldn’t understand what was written in it). In this school, it seems that everyone have to tie their hair up. In the middle of the picture, there is a girl sitting and waiting for the other girl to serve her foods. It seems that they were having a test or something because the teacher is looking at them and making sure they are doing the right thing.
  Picture 103
I took this picture because everything was so perfect! This picture really has a Japanese feel to it.
The trees were changing colors and you can hear the river off. The woman in the picture was so beautiful too. In Japan, we define white as a beauty and this woman is representing it. She was sitting on the bench, having a cup of tea and gazing at the boat. In her hand, she is holding a traditional umbrella. She must be having a good time.
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In this album I took on the persona of a woman who came to visit a friend in Japan. It was interesting for me to act like a foreigner since I am Japanese.  Trying to look in a foreigner’s view, I chose some pictures that are mainly connected to the ordinary people’s life and see how the western culture is getting in to the people’s life. I also chose some pictures that are still preserving Japanese traditional culture. Traveling Japan, she found out that in some parts of places, people are still maintaining the nature. But in some other places especially in the schools, she found out that Japanese are taking in some western cultures. However, she realized that Japan is not just taking in those culture but they are having reasons to it. Japanese thought that kimono is not good for the sports so they absorbed western clothes. Therefore, we can see that Japan was wisely making a choice what to take in.

2012年2月2日木曜日

"Globetrotters' Places" and "Globetrotters' People"


This picture is taken in Kyoto and the name of the temple is ‘Kiyomizu Dera’. This temple is one of the most famous temples in Japan.
The season is in autumn. The left side of the trees is still green but for the right side of the tree, all of the leaves have fallen down. The green trees might be pine tree because the leaves stay on the tree all year long. I see some leaves turning in yellow, but I do not see leaves turning in red. There are no clouds in the sky and the weather is very mild. The temple is built in very high place. I guess this is because the view is very beautiful, and some people are having a view in the picture. This temple is made from tree and it must be a hard work to build the structures from the bottom. What I found interesting was the double bars which were made not to fall down from the temple. I think this is because there was a belief that says if you jump out from the temple and if you were still alive, your wishes will come true. If you died, you can still rest in peace. Therefore, the owner of the temple made the bars double because it is dangerous (I don’t know it helped or not) I also like the angle of the picture. In this picture, there is a temple which was made by people, and on the left side, there are some natures. We can see that people and nature is coexisting. How wonderfulJ!



I can see that this girl is not from a poor family, because there is shamisen on the left, tea implements on the middle and the back, and sushi on the front. The girl is sitting in ‘seiza’ which is the Japanese way of sitting. She seems like she is going to eat sushi because she is holding a small plate and chopsticks. However, it is weird because sushi is considered to be an expensive food and we usually eat it with family. I also think this picture is strange because there are two tea implements.
The girl is looking on the right but there is nothing. There might be something which the picture did not include but it seems that she is totally out of it. She is not thinking about sushi, or shamisen. On her hair there is a flower instead of kanzashi, or real flower trying to make like a kanzashi, because something is hanging down from the flower.
To me, this picture is just representing Japanese culture things to the foreigners. It is so strange to have all of the things in one place!

2012年1月31日火曜日

Place and People

This is a temple in Nagasaki, called Dai-oon-ji. It means ‘loud noise’.
This picture was taken to show how the Dai-oon-ji looks like. However, the person who took the picture did not go far from the temple and tried to take all of the details, instead he took focusing on the entrance which is the main part of the temple.
This is a traditional temple which has tile roofing and the building itself is mainly made by wood. There are some decorations under the roof. The doors are fusuma door and I guess in the inside, there are tatami.
On the left side of the picture, there is palm tree which is just the right height. It does not cover the temple but the tree is not so small. It seems like someone planted there because it is surrounded by the block. On the right side of the temple, there is a tree which is unique looking. At first, I thought these palm trees were from the foreign countries (palm tree gives me image of tropical country), but searching on the Internet, there was some in Japan too.  
It gives me sense of unity of the temple and the nature, because there are tree all around the temple and some of the tall trees are covering the roof.

There is four people visiting there which looks like farmers or merchant. Some are bowing to the temple and the priest standing on the stairs. Next to the priest, there is a samurai. They looks like having a conversation.
This temple is so beautiful because the nature and the building matches perfectly!

The person who took this picture wanted the viewer to see the girl and this way of presenting a picture reminds me of pinhole camera.
This girl is playing koto. Koto is an instrument which you pluck the strings to play. In these days, these instruments must have been expensive. The girl wears nice kimono and has very nice hair accessories. These accessories are called kanzashi. She wears nice kimono and we can tell that she is from a rich family. In the left of the picture, there is a tea pot and a table.
She is sitting up straight and looking at the koto and playing some music. Her eyes are very serious and concentrating on her work. The way she looks at the koto and the way she sits gives an image that she has dignity.

2012年1月26日木曜日

assigment 2


Sorce:http://ocw.mit.edu/ans7870/21f/21f.027/black_ships_and_samurai_02/bss_visnav04.html

The reason I chose this picture is because it seemed so new to me, and in the same time, this picture can’t be true. However, this is the impression that Japanese got when they first saw the black ship.

In this picture, the weather is so dark, I mean cloudy, but still, it is not raining. The ship is dark too which is black. The ocean is in deep blue, and the waves are a little high. The ship must have been big, because the people are so tiny. Some people are hanging on the ropes. Flags were expressing the country of the ship. (Although, the flag does not seems to be the American flag) There are a lot of holes on the side of the ship. From one of the hole, there is light going out that looks like searching a land (they are searching Japan!) For the other holes, it may be for the lights or it may be the gun holes.

On this ship, there are two faces. One is on the right, and his eyes are blue. He looks like he is opening his mouth and saying something. The other face on the left side of the ship has an angry looking face but at the same time, he seems to be grinning. On the top of his head, there is horn which is very long. It even reminds me of the Japanese sword.


This picture is used dark colors and we can tell that the painter must be terrified by the black ship. The waves, clouds, searching light, and the faces on the ship are not a bright image. They would have thought that Japan is going to be invaded or something bad is going to be happening. In addition, Japan was in the closed-door policy so they were so surprised to see the big black ship.

2012年1月24日火曜日

assignment 1







This picture is from the commercial of the Toyota car called PASSO. This car is the smallest car in Toyota and it is so popular among women.


In this picture, we can see that it took place in the university, because most of the people are wearing business suits and the building does not seems to be a company. Only women are walking on the street, and some people are walking with friends and some people are walking with mothers. The season is in spring, because there are cherry blossoms. Time is 10:25 in the morning, and the weather is sunny. It appears that they are having an entrance ceremony. In the middle of the road, there is a car with a big flower on the top. This flower is making the car cute and even we see the car a little bit small because the flower is so big.


This picture implies that this car can be ride by women and even by university students, because there are no men in the picture. Usually, Toyota makes a commercial based on cool concepts, for example Lexus and Corolla. However, this car is different. We can see the color pink which is so lovely and this color sometimes represent girl’s color. In addition, this takes place in the university, which the students need to go there mostly every day.  Therefore, it appears to me that we can use the car every day like we go to the campus.