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Green Willow Red Blossom Mineko Iwasaki

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Today in the tea room's tokonoma was a horizontal scroll that read "Green willow, red blossom." Sensei says that common blooming season and motif would suggest that the red flower refers to cherry blossom. On the bus homeward, I began reading from a book I've been meaning to start for months now titled "Geisha, a Life" by Mineko Iwasaki and Rande Brown. The introduction reads as such: "In the country of Japan, an island nation in East Asia, there are special districts, known as karyuki, that are dedicated to the enjoyment of aesthetic pleasure. These are the communities where professionally trained female artists known as geisha live and work. Karyuki means 'the flower and willow world.' Each geisha is like a flower, beautiful in her own way, and like a willow tree, gracious, flexible, and strong." I feel these two experiences were meant to be connected today. So, I reimagined the cover of the book with willow branches and red cherry blossoms ornamenting Iwasaki-sama's hair.
Character: The stylized likeness of Mineko Iwasaki as derived from the photographic cover of her autobiography, "Geisha, a Life" / "Geisha of Gion." 
Dimensions: 4.25 x 5.6 in apx (10.8 x 14.22 cm apx) paper
Materials: Ink, marker, gel pen.  
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Date Taken
Apr 10, 2019, 10:50:29 PM
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NasikaSakura's avatar
Thanks. ^^ I'm really enjoying this book! 
Mits-Giotix's avatar
Aw, I love her :D nice work!
NasikaSakura's avatar
Thank you very much!
NasikaSakura's avatar
Thank you very much. ^^
SavageFrog's avatar
Her hair ornaments are so pretty!
NasikaSakura's avatar
Thank you! I always wondered what the dangling ornaments looked like to me, and I finally have the answer, "willow." 
SavageFrog's avatar
You're welcome! Those are some pretty trees; we used to have a few around here when I was younger.
NasikaSakura's avatar
My parents have a giant awnry looking one that was literally split in half by a strike of lightning, right down the middle of the trunk, and stubbornly has kept growing. 
SavageFrog's avatar
That's a testament to how strong it is! :la:
NasikaSakura's avatar
Indeed! It's hauntingly beautiful and inspiringly resilient.
wust65's avatar
Holy color theory, this is so good!
NasikaSakura's avatar
Aw, thanks! It's just dichromatic with complementary colors though. :) Nothing too special. 
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Frozen-Fairyfire's avatar

Do you often visit a tea room? Its just that some of your illustrations feel East Asian. Oh! Are you from Japan?

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I am not from Japan but I love Japanese culture. I take classes in the Japanese Way of Tea. I also was a Japanese minor at university but could not formally complete the program because of financial constraints, but I've always tried to absorb whatever I can concerning Japan. I ave ever since an experience I had in early childhood where a PBS program showed art from different cultures, the last of which was China and Japan, and asked viewers to determine which was which. My father is an acclaimed artist and I asked him which was which, but he got it wrong. I asked him how you could tell the difference, and he said, "I don't know." That was the first time I remember hearing my dad say that he did not know something, especially about art. It became my mission in life after that to learn the difference, and I just tended to favor the Japanese expression and culture more. It's funny, because people give a lot of flack to people who are interested in Japan who also like anime, saying that the only reason they are interested in Japan is because of anime. Firstly, I found anime from my interest in Japan, and secondly, I think it's incredibly racist to believe that a person who is not born Japanese does not have the equal right to learn about Japan if they have any affinity for Japanese animation. 
Frozen-Fairyfire's avatar

Well I too am a little ignorant of the differences between China and Japan. But I always wanted to know more about Japanese culture and language, and not just for its anime either. I was always fascinated by Japanese culture and wanted to know more. The same with China and maybe other East Asian countries too. But I never had the time (or rather I never made time) to study and learn ^^;

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It's hard. Life is so busy!! I hope to some day reach proper proficiency in Japanese and live in Japan for a few years. Then I want to study Korean and visit South Korea, as a simple boat ride can transport me between the two. While I find China very culturally rich, it's not a place I am entirely eager to visit just yet, mostly due to the political climate. 
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I can understand that. I have an uncle who is Chinese, and he's always talking about how China's politics are not right. And since my mother grew up in a communist country, she sympathizes with his views. But my uncle still likes to visit his family in China. He even took my cousin to see the Great Wall, but he was sadly too tired to capture much sight seeing.

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It must have been mentally and emotionally stressing on him, even though there was also delight involved. 
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Yeah it was kinda. He's glad he's home now and doesn't feel like traveling anytime soon again.

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