japanese nobility

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Some character designs and concepts I did to participate to a project (I wasn’t chosen at the end, but whatever). It should have been an erotic-themed story settled in the closed environment of the Japanese nobility of the early XIII century, a love story between Kiyou (daughter of an important government officer) and Utahime (a blind koto’s teacher). For this plot I took heavily inspiration from a novel written by Tanizaki Jun'ichirou, “Shunkinshou”.
I’m sorry if I haven’t been so active lately, but I’ve been very much busy.

“Onna-bugeisha  was a type of female warrior belonging to the Japanese nobility. Many women engaged in battle, commonly alongside samurai men. They were members of the bushi(samurai) class in feudal Japan and were trained in the use of weapons to protect their household, family, and honour in times of war. Significant icons such as Tomoe Gozen, Nakano Takeko, andHōjō Masako are famous examples of onna bugeisha.”

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Onna-bugeisha

An onna-bugeisha (女武芸者) was a type of female warrior belonging to the Japanese nobility. Many wives, widows, daughters, and rebels answered the call of duty by engaging in battle, commonly alongside samurai men. They were members of the bushi (samurai) class in feudal Japan and were trained in the use of weapons to protect their household, family, and honour in times of war. They also represented a divergence from the traditional housewife role of the Japanese woman. They are sometimes referred to as female samurai. Significant icons such as Empress Jingu, Tomoe Gozen, Nakano Takeko, and Hōjō Masako are famous examples of onna bugeisha. Read More || Edit

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,The story of Princess Deokhye (2)

25th March, 1925 Deokhye began her journey to Japan. Five days later she reached Tokyo and her brother Yi Un’s wife Princess Masako was there awaiting for her arrival. When she recalled the day she met Deokhye 6 decades later, Masako said her face was unnaturally stern for a little girl of her age. Her eyes were two deep wells of melancholy and despair that she expected only from adults who had been through tragedies in their lives. Masako could not believe this young lady from Korea is a young princess.

Unlike some of her people in Korea who were constantly fighting against the Japanese for their freedom and independence, Deokhye had given up any form of struggle. Perhaps her loudest indictment to the invaders was her taciturn and reticent. 

Soon after she settled she was sent to the Gakushuin (学習院), an educational institution set up for the children of Japanese royalties and nobility. In the Gakushuin she met a lot of people from the upper echelon. They did communicate, talk and some times play together but Deokhye never made true friends there. She made herself an introvert who forbidden herself from showing too much joy and emotion in front of the strangers of a foreign nation.

Though she had companies in the Gakushuin, Deokhye was still alone. She was a loner because her closest and dearest family and friends are a thousand miles away. What made it worst was the Japanese government forbade Yi Un from keeping Deokhye in their home. She was under the supervision of her Japanese nannies every second of her life. Her separation from her only Korean relative made her even quieter. 

Deokhye seldom speaks. Even in front of Yi Un and Masako Deokhye appeared to be weirdly silent. In May 1926, Yi Un and Masako was sent to a state visit to Europe. It was the first time Yi Un had to leave her alone in Japan since her arrival. On their departure at the dock, Deokhye remained silent and stern. Yi Un was not expecting a good bye from her even though they all knew the dangerous of never return when they were sent away. Masako was in tears and Yi Un was on the edge of crying. When the whistle blew and the couple went on board, Deokhye spitted out a sentence of simple words.

“Worry not, I will look after myself”, said Deokhye as the couple’s ship left the dock.

Sources: a) Wikipedia/Deokhye b) Baidu/德惠翁主

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Palette of the Month:  Blooming Garden

Hello summer. As much as we loved the delicate hues of spring’s early blooms, we’re bursting into the season with our newest palette, Blooming Garden. Vibrant corals, berries and lavenders are coolly balanced with neutral peaches, tans and browns. Incorporated into walls, furnishings or accents, you’re sure to be inspired by these dynamic colors.

Feeling inspired? Get the colors:

Glidden Sandy Feet | Glidden Sugared Plum | Behr Vermont Cream | Behr Nobility Blue | Glidden Very Berry | Glidden Peach Crayon | Behr Wooden Cabin | Behr Japanese Kimono

Japan: stroll through the bamboo forest

To say that the Sagano Bamboo Grove is otherworldly would be an understatement. With thick green bamboo for as far as the eye can see, the grove’s light is infused with a mystical green tone. Over 1,000 years ago, Arashiyama was a firm favourite with Japanese nobility, and it’s easy to see why. Arashiyama is also famed for its views of cherry blossoms and maples, which are particularly striking in Autumn.

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