okay i know this is like…probably a really insignificant nitpick but did they really have to make connie do this weird anime-esque style when drawing aquamarine?? why is the crew so fixated on making this indian girl a weeaboo? first she says itadakimasu with no context at all in winter forecast and now we get this. if anything that anime style would have fit steven far better. im just really frustrated how connie gets all these japanese motifs for no reason but her own cultural background is just straight-up ignored or, in that one instance where priyanka’s photo is shown in her house, used as a barely noticeable prop for brownie points if a dedicated fan just happens to notice and zoom in on it.
<br /><i>Via Flickr:</i>
<br />Maiko (apprentice geisha) Fukiko wearing a fabulous shibori (tie-dyed) kimono decorated with applique and embroidery in the form of shi-shi (lion dogs) playing amid botan (tree peonies).
Although it is not obvious from this postcard, another image shows that Fukiko has her hair dressed in the sakkou hairstyle, indicating that she is in the final stage of her apprenticeship and will become a geiko (geisha) in the next few weeks.
Meisen Kimono. Early
Showa period (1927-1939), Japan. The
Kimono Gallery. An unlined meisen silk summer kimono featuring repeating wave
and thistle motifs. The thistle is a rare motif in Japanese art, and the it is
uncertain whether its presence here was meant to be decorative or auspicious.
The alternating blue and white wave motifs - the main theme on this summer
kimono - are of a type halfway between abstract “sei-gai-ha” ones
with their concentric semicircles, and the realistic ones such as created on
the woodblock print “The Great wave of Kanagawa” by the artist
Hokusai. of Waves and spray, called “araumi”. are accomplished here
in the simplest of ways. The wave has been a favorite motif among Japanese
artists for centuries, perhaps because the island of Japan in a huge sea, and
because of the Japanese love of nature and the forces within it.
Chines Lions are my favorite motifs in Japanese tattoos. The color print is by Kuniyoshi, and the rest are by Hokusai. Love the detail and movement put into these prints, and they’ll always be good for inspiration of tattoos!
So if you don’t know already, I got obsessed with SLBP and Tenka because of the period Japanese costumes (I collect kimonos in real life) and the castle items (thus, my favourite part of these games are the battle events).
Tenka’s last event was an encore event with mythical/magical women theme. The six lords (the newer six) encounter a magical phenomenon or creature and after the route’s completion we got a themed costume, which are FABULOUS.
I’m a sucker for costumes and folklore so I just have to blog about this!
This event was an encore/repeat so Voltage gave us lower clearance point (4,000 instead of 7,000) and an event only gacha where we can win items, short stories and the lord’s avatar!
We can spin this gacha everytime we finished a storyline, and best part of this is there won’t be repeat item, meaning if you play hardcore enough, eventually you can get the items you want and even if you don’t,you won’t end up with, like, gazillion hideous make up (gggrrr)
Anyways, I love these kimono so much, especially the white furisode!
I’ve been planning to blog about Tenka and SLBP’s costumes, but just haven’t gotten around to do it yet. Might as well start with these pretties.
Furisode is a type of female kimono (kimono means “things to wear” so it encompasses a broad range of wafuku, or traditional Japanese garments) with long sleeves that typically reach the wearer’s ankle. It’s worn by unmarried women, but heh, more and more people just wear what wafuku they want these days, and I’m with them. The long fluttering (furi-furi) sleeves are said to be flirty and conveys youthfulness and availability. It’s one most extravagant types of kimono still worn today.
Bear in mind in the historical sengoku, this type of kimonos here had not existed/ been simplified yet, rather princesses and noble women of that period wore layered garment called Juniihitoe, a 12-layered (yes, 12!) floor sweeping, totally unpractical kimono. The colours of these layers varied and the colour sequence conveyed different meaning or message or seasons - it’s pretty complicated. Voltage designed all sorts of anachronistic kimonos for these games, but I don’t mind because they are all soooo pretty!
Anywaysss… onto Tenka’s last event prized Kimonos:
天女のお着物 = Tennyo no o kimono = Celestial Maiden kimono
HIdeyoshi’s route prize. Designed after the Sino-Japanese celestial maiden’s costumes. Who are typically depicted wearing sheer garments and or topless. I would say that out of the bunch, this is the true furisode.
九尾狐のお着物 = Kyuubi ko no o kimono = Nine-tail fox spirit’s kimono
Mitsunari’s event route prize (of course). Designed after the legendary Nine-tail fox spirit. The obi is tied in the front a la an oiran (courtesan). The outer wear is called haori / kimono overcoat.
人魚のお着物 = Ningyo no o kimono = Mermaid kimono
Inuchiyo’s event route prize. The story was there was a mermaid who fell in love with Inuchiyo (she’s depicted using Matsuko’s sprite in the event), she went to the land to search for him, and at towards the end of the story she asked him to come with her, presumably to the sea. But Inuchiyo, of course has given his heart to MC. I kinda like the story because it’s rare that Inu is the one given more than one suitors. The furisode’s not my favorite (they could’ve played more with scales and transparency) but the fin ear piece is pretty. The sleeves are shorter, so this would fall into houmongi (formal visiting kimono) category.
白蛇姫のお着物 = Shirohebi hime no o kimono = White Snake Princess kimono
Kenshin’s event route prize. My least favourite but I still love it because it’s designed after the Chinese folktale Madame White Snake, which I watched religiously growing up, ahahahah The feather boa reference and the Chinese cheongsam hybrid were clever, but oh boy, they could’ve done MORE.
白兎のお着物 = Hakuto no o kimono = White Rabbit kimono
Shingen’s event route prize. Modelled after… er, the mythical white bunny that makes mochi on the moon? Hahahaha, it’s common Japanese motif for spring/summer. Also, since Shingen is tiger, he’ll devour the bunny for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The sleeves are shorter, so this would fall into houmongi (formal visiting kimono) category.
化け狸のお着物 = Bakedanuki no o kimono = Tanuki Spirit kimono
Ieyasu’s event route prize, based on the mythical bakedanuki or tanuki spirit. My favourite of the bunch, especially since I got really lucky in the event Gacha and got my Ieyasu avatar quite early, thanks to some awesome allies ^^
That’s it for now :) I’ll post more kimono-related stuff when I have the time, or when SLBP/Tenka compels me to write because of their pretty pretty items!
5.Do you practice other styles/have you tried other styles in the past?
Yes, I have! My ‘other’ art are 90% art class assignments, they’re mostly realistic drawings or semi-realistic illustrations. Here are some of them:
These were sold as postcards for an Arts-related event at my school last year. My school-related works are mostly defined by Japanese-motifs.
This was for a secret-santa gift exchange among some friends. I go back to realistic drawings whenever I want my works to be ‘safe’ or be liked by most ‘non-art’ people.
What is your favourite piece that you have done?
This watercolor from last year!
This is actually supposed to be Julian from ACNL, but I guess he’s not really recognizable here? HAHA. I spent 8 hours on this, my hand was pretty much dead after that point. I don’t think I can recreate the starry effects..maybe I can, if I try hard enough :u