beautiful japanese art

i’m in my prime,
not withering and old.
but i refuse to play
your wicked games any longer.

i know this tether is unbreakable,
but you make me feel like i’m interchangeable.
you drew a target on my heart,
when did this become fatal attraction?

i don’t have the strength,
the energy,
nor the patience
to be held hostage by your love.

so baby please don’t despair
when i say that
i’ve found the courage to
let you go.

you were never meant to be tied down in the first place.

—  believing i could love you was my mistake, c.j.n.

Cherry Blossoms
fall at the peak of their beauty
in this world to teach our hearts
to be free of attachment

Otagaki Rengetsu  Ōtagaki Rengetsu  (1791- 1875)

Image: Terasaki Kôgyô - 月夜桜花 - Cherry Blossoms and Moon, 1890–1910, Museum of Fine Arts


Shoko Ishida aka Yodaka (based Detroit, MI, USA) - 1: Poster Illustration of the story The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen  Watercolors, Colored Pencils, +Digital  2: Illustration for Sleeping Beauty (Little Brier-Rose) by The Brothers Grimm Drawings: Colored Pencils, +Digital  3: Illustration of the story Beauty And The Beast by The Brothers Grimm, inspired by the Japanese Kabuki act 鏡獅子-Kagami Jishi, which the girl turns into the beast herself. Digital


Happy international Women’s Day! 
just wanted to say that beauty is international, uniqueness and staying true to yourself - this what real beauty is.

and today I’d like to send a virtual hug to women and girls all over the world and remind all of you that WE ARE BEAUTIFUL, no matter the age, country or nationality!

have a great day and lets spread some love! 

Ukiyo-e (浮世絵), “pictures of the Floating World,” is a genre of Japanese woodblock prints and paintings produced between the 17th and 20th centuries, depicting landscapes, the theater and scenes from the entertainment districts of Japanese cities. (submitted by terrible-at-organising-student)

my favorite words

petrichor: noun, the smell of earth after rain

fanciful: adjective, something so imaginative that it’s unrealistic

eunoia (greek) εὔνοια: noun, the fine, light rain that falls from a clear sky at sunset; evening serenity

palinoia: noun, the obsessive repetition of an act until it is perfect or mastered

selcouth: adjective, unfamiliar, rare, strange, and yet marvelous

Pistanthrophobia: noun, the fear of trusting someone

scintilla: noun, a tiny, brilliant flash or spark; a small thing; a barely-visible trace

fanaa (hindi) فناء: noun, destruction of oneself, typically in love

vorfreude (german): noun, the joyful, intense anticipation that comes from imagining the future; daydreaming

agowilt: noun, unnecessary fear

honne (japanese) 本音: noun, what a person truly believes; the behavior and opinions which are often kept hidden and only displayed with one’s closest confidants

alharaca (spanish): noun, an extraordinary or violent emotional reaction to a small issue

gezelligheid (dutch): noun, the coziness, warmth and comfort of being home, or being together with friends or loved ones sharing time in a pleasant and nice atmosphere

meraki (Greek): noun, the soul, creativity, or love put into something; the essence of yourself that is put into your work

balter: verb, to dance artlessly, without particular grace or skill but usually with enjoyment

querencia (spanish): noun, a place from which one’s strength is drawn, where one feels at home; the place where you are your most authentic self

whelve: verb, to bury something deep; to hide