Rurubu

This is a really wonderful project by Toronto-based photographer Haley Friesen and San Francisco-based calligraphy artist Nobuhiro Sato.

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”[..] This series explores multiple forms of artistic expressions in an attempt of collaboration to create beauty, movement and energy. I’ve always considered Japanese characters to have a strong resemblance to dancers and motion. There’s something about the sweeping gestures and graceful twists that make the slashes and splatters of hiragana and katana ink characters appear as a choreographed dance to my eyes. I’m sure this concept is much more effective –or perhaps just effective in a different manner- to those who are illiterate in Japanese. [..]”

It’s so beautiful to me, this intersection of differente tools and methods, in creating a new and powerful work of art. There are so many different tecniques and things we can use, alone or mixed together, to create and express ourselves. I love when two or more are within the same work. It’s always so much inspiring.

Rurubu Thermae Romae, a collaboration between the Japanese travel magazine Rurubu and Mari Yamazaki’s Thermae Romae bathhouse manga, went on sale in Japan on Saturday. The magazine, which features an original cover by Yamazaki, has Thermae Romae’s protaognist Lucius introducing readers to his 100 top Japanese baths, as well as an interview with Yamazaki and individuals involved with the Thermae Romae live-action film.

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