November 1, 2009

in heavens name why do you play these games

hi im back!
wish i could blog more but ive been busy working in this little shop that sells japanese sake and young artists' ceramics. its a whole new world for me, very japanese and traditional. there are so many types of sake, and they actually each taste different if you pay attention, and depending on how theyre made you use different cups and glasses to drink them..i always thought there was something vulgar about foodies and foodism but this stuff is kinda interesting.
working 6days a week is tough but the upside is that my shop is right near the Book 1st building in ginza so i get to read tons of magazines and books during my lunch break. the other day i got michiko kitamura's "the method of costume". but more on that next time

i saw these images of the actor odagiri joe in some magazine and really fell in love with the styling. i looove this messy, slightly japanese take on european style. the idea of layering cotton henley shirts is interesting... id like to try this

ive been watching a lot of japanese movies lately.
yesterday i saw maboroshi no hikari (loosely translated as illusory light; english title: maborosi) it was slow paced in an uninteresting way but the images were fantastic. michiko kitamura chose mainly black costumes which were really effective in that the story deals with suicide and the cameras do lots of long shots where u can see only the silhouettes of the characters. the costumes worked so well with each background (a very small and beautiful town in ishikawa, north of kyoto i think) every scene was well thought out and looked like an editorial photo, but not in an unnnatural way.

i particularly liked this scene where asano and esumi paint their bicycle green.
i could only find this crappy screencap but it's nighttime and theyre decked out in black, and the bike is a beautiful green...later they ride this bike together and their bodies sort of blend into the was so pretty

i also watched koroshiya ichi (ichi the killer) again. it's the perfect halloween movie, stylish japanese gore/horror comedies are the best!! i especially love asano tadanobu's performance in this one.

my favorite scene is when he cuts his tongue the colors here

since we're talking about movies i also saw kimagure robot (capricious robot?) the other day and LOVED IT. it was one of the best short films ive seen in a while. if you know me you would know that i have a weird obsession with robots...there is something so funny and sad about the idea of human-shaped robots and how useless they are... anyway watch it if you have the chance, it's great

i took a bunch of outfit photos all in one go today but this post is long enough as it is so i think ill leave them for next time. but here's a picture of my favorite black boots at the moment:

lastly, have you ever heard of miss atomic bomb? is she famous or something? i just saw this photo for the first time while randomly browsing the web today...its morbid but im sorry to say i kind of like it.this must be what they call tragic comedy ?

"Her image has come to symbolize the bizarre love affair Las Vegas had with the Bomb in the 1950s. The famous photograph of the smiling model in a mushroom cloud bathing suit with her arms outstretched to the sky remains a powerful reminder of how sex appeal and atomic energy were once inseparable Cold War ingredients."

hope u had a good halloween <3


Amanda said...

that must be really interesting working around all that sake! i don't know much but i love trying different kinds when i go to sake bars.

your boots are so dope!!

OnePerfectMorning said...

did you home make those boots in the middle? they're awesome!
i love how you always present movies we would never hear about otherwise, if i end up saving up to go to japan i'll know who to ask for advice :)

yui said...

thanks amanda!

oneperfectmorning: no i dont really do diy haha. those spiky boots are junya watanabe. yes ill be happy to help if you decide to visit!

Artaksiniya said...

Oh, I love Ichi the Killer! it`s amazing despite the fact it`s too bloody sometimes)))

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