Something I wanted to try with watercolors for some time now - a night scene. Tokyo is a strange place - there are a lot of empty but brightly lit streets at night and the sky is never perfectly black because of the city lights. Especially the clouds get really highlighted by the glare from the city.
Instead of going for the obvious - cool looking, new built high rise offices I just took a photo while doing some late night shopping and used this as a reference for this painting. I wanted to paint some of the lonely night streets.
I like this idea and how the picture turned out so I’m thinking about making a series of this.
Medium: HOLBEIN Waterford natural 300g/m cotton paper
(Welcome to The City Where the Wind Blows, Yokohama.)
So I was finally able to go around Yokohama! I’ve been in Tokyo for a year and a half but was only able to do this now (why self why). It’s not my first time in the city though, because of the BSD event last February, but this time I got to literally walk around the city which made me fall in love with it instantly!
I did my research but due to limited time, I only got to drop by a few BSD spots. I’ll definitely come back and walk more next time!
(Sorry for the low quality photos but I’d just love to share them still
Motomachi Road - Episode 2
Chinatown - Episode 9
Red Brick Warehouse - Episode 9
Yokohama Port Opening Memorial Hall (The Jack) - Episode 9
Yokohama Customs Building (The Queen) - Episode 9
Yokohama Stadium - Episode 9
Yamashita Park - Episode 17
And ofc ofc in front of this blessed statue (still in Yamashita Park)
Featuring embarrassed Soukoku fangirl me lol sorry
(Side story: I was with a friend who isn’t an anime fan but happens to be familiar with this statue as she has seen it on TV dramas a few times. When I showed her the Soukoku art, she said, “Why did they meet here? It’s a dating spot!” And I was like, “Uhm, yeah, that’s exactly why”
Anyway I think I know now why Chuuya loves Yokohama
Yay. I wish I could live here. I wouldn’t mind waking up to this scenery everyday. More like, I would love to!
I was deliberating over whether to share these pictures or not with you guys, since they’re not car related, but I hope some of you will appreciate them. These are from my trip last weekend to Dobuita Street and other areas of Yokosuka.
I’m a huge fan of a game called Shenmue. If you don’t know it, it was a Sega Dreamcast game that was released nearly 20 years ago and takes place in Yokosuka, Japan. Aside from car culture, Shenmue is probably another reason I ended up living in Japan.
I love visiting Yokosuka, it’s probably one of my favourite places in Japan. It’s such an atmospheric place, and the Shenmue feels are off the chart. I love the old buildings and the way they rise up into the hills. I love the old, narrow snack bar streets which haven’t changed since the 80s and the mess of exposed power lines overhead. If you ever get a chance, and you’re interested in the atmosphere of 1980s and 90s Japan, I highly recommend visiting.
“This weapon is your life,” is a statement that, I believe, gets a lot of unwarranted criticism and is frequently misunderstood, particularly amongst the Western, Star Wars fandom. The general opinion that I have found on the subject is that it indicates that the Jedi are teaching people to think of themselves as weapons, and/or that it shows hypocrisy as Jedi are supposed to discourage “possession,” and/or that saying a weapon is your life, encourages or advocates violence. I am here as an apologist for that phrase, because for the reasons indicated below, I think that that phrase is awesome.
What one must first understand is that George Lucas took a lot of inspiration for Star Wars from eastern sources, Japan in particular. Darth Vader’s mask was based upon the Samurai mask, C-3P0 and R2-D2 were inspired by a Japanese movie told from the perspective of two slaves who are caught up in the conflict going around them, and the Sith and the Jedi were inspired by the notion of rival Samurai clans. As such, I feel the lightsabre, its value, its treatment, and its symbolism come from Bushido, the Samurai code, and the katana.