Category Archives: Project 2012

Days of the year 2012 as I experience them.

I thought I would try something new this year and find a more permanent way of documenting my thoughts, emotions and activities for the year. I usually do write about things I feel and experience on a daily basis, maybe not regularly, but when something comes up, it finds its way out on paper. So it is a little like a diary and the voice will be personal, and you may be able to read only the entries that I feel are worthy of sharing publicly at the moment. Of course this means most posts will be written and published privately meant for my own record only.

More about the Art of loving Kawaii

Frankfurter Buchmesse

Frankfurter Buchmesse (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This blog has had a total of 115 posts. It was started in 2010, and has steadily picked up views. Which is kind of nice and lucky for me because I don’t write about things that others want to read. I write what I want to write. But then I wrote this post about Kawaii. It was just my thoughts about Japanese cuteness– Kawaii.

But I started to get really interested in learning why there were views everyday, all indicating someone had visited my blog to read about Kawaii- my views on Kawaii.

Its been about three months, and everyday people are reading about Kawaii on my blog. Its clear people love Kawaii. Or at the very least are interested in learning more about it. I decided to write more about it, so that people would have more to read.

It is a subculture, distinctly cute, pink and innocent.

To me it is obvious that people are looking for something other than an oversexified version of humanity. Maybe now we all are just looking for innocence.

Interest in Kawaii doesn’t mean people want to go all the way dressing up in styles associated with little girls. But at the very least it means that people like the idea of seeing those styles around. They are interested in cuteness.

Importantly, its not just the clothing. It is the attitude that is innocent. But what exactly does it mean- innocent? Lets start by understanding what exactly Kawaii constitutes of.

Segments of Kawaii-ism:

1. Fashion, dress, makeup (or lack of)

Dressing in dresses that little girls would wear, just in larger sizes. Little girl jewelry pieces, bows, cute cartoons on clothing. In my opinion: Makeup doesn’t have to be worn to be a Kawaii lover. After all the emphasis is on innocence. Why does it need to be achieved being all dolled up, deep circular strokes of blush on the cheeks and all . Kawaii cutenesss comes from knowing the essentials of innocence and Kawaii dressing. A lot of Kawaii culture gatherings will feature girls in bright pink wigs. But again, that is not necessary. Achieving Kawaii cuteness comes from the attitude.

B. And neither does Kawaii fashioon need to be overkill.
Some Kawaii aspirants will grab every piece of Kawaii fashion accessory in their reach and wear them at the same time. Which is so not Kawaii. Kawaii is a lifestyle. It is not like dressing up for Halloween once a year. You arent trying to get people to identify you as a freak. Kawaii cuteness can be practical. That is what it is, functional, practical innocence.

Yes, cartoons are heavily featured in Kawaii images. But that does not mean one needs to turn in to a cartoon to honor the Kawaii fashion. Lets talk now about cartoons and Kawaii.

2. Cartoonized Reality.
Apart from dressing and behaving innocently, Kawaii means cartoons are made out of any everyday item. Food items, animals and people are drawn out to be in the form of cartoons. These are usually seen in Kawaii art and posters.

For men and women both?
Now, is Kawaii for just women? Or can men be Kawaii fans too? Kawaii is usually adopted as a fashion form by women. But men in Japan are interested in the concept as well.

Japanese men will open their hearts, minds and homes to Kawaii more than any other world culture will, because they are themselves drawn to cuteness. Not being stereotypical here, just stating a fact. The reason for this is just that Kawaii is so rampant, well known and accepted in Japan as a fashion, and a lifestyle that the men are champs at embracing the innocence that the Kawaii culture exhibits. Innocence is liked in Japan, by both sexes.

~ Bibi

 

 

 

 

 

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Daisies or Sunflowers

Noticing a pattern in the choice of flowers in my doodles, I started looking in to what made me want to pencil out the same type of flower again and again and again. I always enjoy drawing a central circle- neat, clean, small and ready to burst in to a flame of precisely five, and often times a few more petals around its little round face. Like the sun! Yes, this would perhaps clue me in on why I like drawing sunflowers a lot. But then, when I color the flower petals, I don’t always go for yellow. I sometimes pick other colors- like pink, red, peach, orange or just leave them white- in which case they look surprisingly similar to daisies.

English: Daisies

Image via Wikipedia

 

It  turns out, the two belong to a large flower family that includes both daisies and sunflowers as its members, as well as any other flowers I doodle, that may not necessarily be sunflowers or daisies- but look like them- are not accidentally similar. They after all are cousins.

I perhaps like the simplicity that comes with the flowers’ construction as well as the pretty, minimalist, clean beauty with no scent of their own- an additional reason I may be attracted to the flowers. The flowers have no means overwhelming me with their powerful odor and thus can not sway my affinity towards them in any way. They are simple for the hand to draw, remind me of innocent, happy things, and prove to me that those that impress upon the imagination are not necessarily the loudest or the most fragrant. They are those with personal, simple, minimalist appeal- all reflecting the nature of that who loves them most.

~ Bibi

Creative Thinking

On my way to sprucing up my head via a lesson or two about creative thinking. Lets see where this takes me. Currently participating in an individual mind exercise, triggered by a snake dream. Thought I need to change some things.

January 2nd 2012

Sunny day again, makes the cold feel tolerable. Made breakfast, the usual. Got the splendid idea to compile a diary for the year, so I went back and developed the entire Project 2012 diary category and made an entry for yesterday, Jan 1 . And I was about to start writing for Jan 2, but then I realized it was still the date, so I will come back and write when the is day is actually over.

Now that it is midnight, my entry shall be complete.

I worked on the blog a lot today, making Project 2012. It didn’t take to long, but then I started obsessing over how it looked, the blog, I mean. So I started to tinker about different things to try to make the blog look better etc.

I got everything fixed in my bathroom. Remember I mentioned a white plastic tray that the plumber bought to set in my bath? Well he now bought a whole set consisting of a black towel rod, black tray and tooth-brush holder, also black of course. It looked great, and then I decided to just move in to my room already. I put up the curtains and I had everything set and squeaky clean.

Now I am sitting on my bed in my room typing this. Its cool. I’ve been sleeping hostel-style with my parents in a single room in this 4 story house that we own. Talk about not wanting to move out.

I have noticed that I have been running up and down the stairs to fetch various things I may need, like water, frequently. I think this is good, because in order to get things I will be running around like this and will hopefully be able to balance out my food intake. It’s not a lot, the food that I eat, it’s just that I’ve been really slumming!! And now I have this brilliant opportunity to exercise really without knowing it.

Also, I’ve spread out all of my things that were really compacted in my parent’s room. I was taking up such little room, my things and I can now really spread out. How nice it is to be home, my own bathroom and all.

Oh and in other parts of the house, we got the kitchen really cleaned out. All the crap that was in there was moved out. My living room is also looking much better, the dinning room was worked on too. Why the house almost look’s like a human’s dwelling now!!

~Bibi