“Only those people who are capable of being alone are capable of love, of sharing, of going into the deepest core into the other person, without possessing the other, without becoming dependent on the other, without creating “the other,” reducing the other into a thing, and without becoming addicted with the other. They allow the other absolute freedom, because they know if the other leaves, they will be as happy as they are now. Their happiness cannot be taken by the other, because it is not given by the other.”—OSHO
“Whether or not you are engaged in a lot of “doing” in your life, “being” is primary. If you lose touch with being, you lose yourself in your mind, you lose yourself in doing, and you won’t do any good for anybody, really.”—Eckhart Tolle
“Life is spread over seventy, eighty years; death happens in a single moment. It is so condensed that if you have lived your life rightly, you will be able to enter into the mystery of death. And the mystery of death is that it is only a cover: inside is your immortality, your eternal life.”—OSHO
Interesting article over at Tokyo Telephone. What begins as an overall review of this year’s Japan Fashion Week slowly transforms into a scathing indictment of the Japanese fashion media:
Outside of a good number of websites that do very well to publicise their own shots and brief commentary of the shows, it was depressing how few Japanese and foreign magazines were actually covering the shows – particular the lack of the former. There seems to be a rather weak link between the Japanese media and fashion industry outside of the media darlings or foreign brands. …
Leafing through some magazines I found this perfectly apt quote from Kazuyuki Yamamuro, editor of WWD Japan – “Tokyo is the only place in the world where major magazine editors don’t show up at the runway shows taking place only a short taxi ride away from their offices” who then goes on to reinforce his point with – “the cancer killing Japanese fashion is the paucity of healthy relationships between the designers and the media”. Along with the press clubs at the core of the Japanese media which encourages insular relationships, under-reporting of competing brands and a continued obsession with foreign brands you can really feel the culmination of the frustration of all new Japanese designers within his words. …
Mariko Nishitani, editor of the wonderful high fashion ONLINE takes a slightly different view of things – “Fashion magazines openly give priority to foreign brands, whilst magazines for Shibuya Gals are only concerned with 109 brands”. …
And my definite favourite part:
The editor of Popeye – Fumiko Ashitani has gone on record saying “Popeye tries to convey the essence of cool in a casual fashion, instead of suggesting that clothes have to be just another method of cosplay”. Indeed, it is hard to to flick through certain media outlets and see single brand ensembles and not feel like you are being sold a costume rather than an aesthetic produced as a sum of individual preferences and experiences.
Those of us involved in Japanese fashion online can relate to the last point. It is all too easy to lift an aesthetic on to your body and leave your own sense of style under-nourished. I think we must strive to not fall into the trap that magazines with stagnant circulations continue to lay and reinforce the idea that fashion should not be a purely commercial experience but rather a celebration of culture.
This part really resonated with me because I often feel like the Japanese online fashion community is largely comprised of people who are performing a sort of “fashionable cosplay” rather than developing a style and sense of aesthetic. I’ve ranted about this severaltimes before but I really wish more people would focus on building a style from their own “individual preferences and experiences” rather than a literal checklist of, “Is x loli?” “Is y gal?”
Every time I have to use words like “onii-kei”, “gyaru”, I cringe a little bit because this sort of fashion clique-ism is relatively unique to J-Fashion. Obviously there are “labels” of other fashion styles but they are usually assigned by their followers and not by marketing teams looking to push more wares on a consumption-obsessed fan-base who are frothing at the mouth to know what Popteen thinks they should be wearing this month.
Please note that this isn’t an absolute condemnation from either myself or Tokyo Telephone, as Samuel continues on to clarify:
But to give balance to the media, some people do just want a lookbook to flick through, personally I like some magazines because they are obscenely insular and only focus on a handful of brands that I happen to like already. When I open Men’s Knuckle I never expect to see anything that new or that challenges me intellectually, because fashion does not necessarily have to.
Indeed, these insular cultures do can be used as powerful sources of information of styles that we are already interested in. What’s important is that you analyze with a critical eye rather than copy looks and trends from these advertisements-masquerading-as-journalism wholesale.
It is a rather long article but it’s worth reading for the insight on the evolution — or lack thereof — of the Japanese fashion world.
It’s too bad nobody took the time to read this. Because damn, he’s right. Especially this part:
Obviously there are “labels” of other fashion styles but they are usually assigned by their followers and not by marketing teams looking to push more wares on a consumption-obsessed fan-base who are frothing at the mouth to know what Popteen thinks they should be wearing this month.
“As you may have noticed there’s nothing much to understand about being. “Can you explain ‘being’ a bit more please? Stillness? I don’t understand, can you explain stillness?” No, because there’s nothing in it to explain; you can’t look at it in a microscope or dissect it. “Aspects of Stillness, PhD.” No. Each human needs to find his or her timeless and formless essence identity.”—Eckhart Tolle
“Cherish your visions; cherish your ideals; cherish the music that stirs in your heart, the beauty that forms in your mind, the loveliness that drapes your purest thoughts, for out of them will grow delightful conditions, all heavenly environment; of these if you but remain true to them, your world will at last be built.”—James Allen
“The grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never dried all at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls.”—John Muir
“Greed simply means you are feeling a deep emptiness and you want to fill it with anything possible; it doesn’t matter what it is. And once you understand it, then you have nothing to do with greed. You have something to do with your coming into communion with the whole so the inner emptiness disappears. And with it, all greed disappears. That does not mean that you start living naked; that simply means you do not live just to collect things.”—OSHO
Everyday, I think about how lucky I am to be loved by this wonderful individual that is Brad. People tend to believe that beautiful people are ugly on the inside, because it must have gone to their head, making them arrogant assholes/bitches. I’ll admit I used to think that. But Brad appeared and proved me wrong.
Everyday, he cares for me. He gently wakes me up, handing me my breakfast in bed. Once he’s done eating his, he snuggles under the blanket and hugs me. I always finish after him (the time it takes to tell him about the dreams I made while eating), once I do, I lay again to cuddle with him until we really have to start preparing. He does that every morning. And every morning, he waits for the slowpoke that I am to be finished preparing (because I spent time checking Tumblr or Harajuju.net while he blew his hair dry instead of doing what I have to do) in order to leave. I don’t know how he deals with that, but he does. He’s been doing it for over eight months. I have so much more to say, but I will some other time ♥